Philip Pullman

Sir Philip Pullman is author of the trilogy His Dark Materials. He has served as President of the SoA since 2013. The SoA’s President is re-elected every five years – Philip’s current term is 2018-2023. In 1995 he was awarded the Carnegie Medal for his trilogy and has also won the Guardian Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Award. In 2004…

Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children’s books and, with his late wife Janet Ahlberg, created award-winning picture books, including Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman, both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Bath.

Alan Ayckbourn

Sir Alan Ayckbourn, CBE is an Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright. He has written numerous plays that are staged throughout the world including Absurd Person Singular and The Norman Conquests. Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough for 39 years, he has also worked extensively in London’s West End and is considered to be one of the most…

Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor, a former Chair of the Society of Authors, is a historian of the 20th Century. His eleven books, including Stalingrad and Berlin, have been translated into thirty languages, won numerous prizes and altogether sold more than seven million copies. antonybeevor.com

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman, OBE is a writer of children’s and young adult fiction and was the Children’s Laureate between 2013 and 2015. Her series Noughts and Crosses was voted as one of BBC’s The Big Read’s ‘The Nation’s Best-Loved Books’ in 2003 and in 2007 she was appointed OBE. She has published over sixty children’s books and won over…

Raymond Briggs

Raymond is a much loved illustrator, cartoonist and author. He is best known for The Snowman which was adapted as an animated film in 1982 and continues to be shown on Channel 4 every Christmas along with the more recent The Snowman and the Snowdog. His other works include When the Wind Blows, The Man, Father Christmas, The Bear and Fungus the Bogeyman….

William Boyd

William Boyd, CBE is a novelist, screenwriter and winner of the SoA’s 1981 Somerset Maugham Award for A Good Man in Africa, which also won the Whitbread Book Award. In 2005 he was appointed CBE and in 2006 won the Costa Book Award for his book Restless. He has written eleven novels and has been shortlisted for the…

Simon Brett

Simon Brett, OBE writes detective fiction and was a radio producer whose work includes producing the BBCs first episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as well as episodes of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Just a Minute. For radio he wrote After Henry and No Commitments. He has written a great many mystery novels and in 2004 was awarded…

A. S. Byatt

A. S. Byatt, DBE is a Booker Prize-winning writer of novels and short stories, including Possession, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower, A Whistling Woman and The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye. She served as Chair of the Management Committee from 1986 to 1988 and has judged various literary prizes including the Booker and the SoA’s Betty Trask Prize. In…

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier FRSL is an American-British historical novelist who has written eight novels. Her second book, Girl With a Pearl Earring, won her the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and was adapted in 2003 into an Academy Award-nominated film. She served as Chair of the Management Committee from 2004 to 2008, and was a member and later…

Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope, OBE is an English poet. She has had four collections of poetry published including Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and Family Values. In 1987 she won the SoA’s Cholmondeley Award and in 1995 the American Academy of Arts and Letters Michael Braude Award. In 2007 she was a judge for the Man Booker Prize and in 2010…

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell is the author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the current Waterstones Children’s Laureate (2019-2021). How to Train Your Dragon is also an Academy Award nominated film and TV franchise. Cressida is a trustee of World Book Day, a patron of Read for Good, and an ambassador for the…