McKitterick Prize: Celebrating debut novelists over 40

Last year, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott won the McKitterick Prize for her debut novel, Swan Song. Join her in conversation with some of our 2020 McKitterick Prize shortlistees – Claire Adam (Golden Child); Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton) and Regina Porter (The Travelers).

Afternoon Tea with Cressida Cowell

Grab a cuppa and a join us for a 45-minute online video session with Cressida Cowell as she shares a mini tour of her creative workspace, insights into what she’s currently working on, and how she is adapting to working online. 

Queen’s Knickers Award 2020: Children’s Illustrators in Lockdown

This is the inaugural year of the Queen’s Knickers Award, founded by children’s author Nicholas Allan and based on the book of the same name. Join us to find out more about this award for an original children’s illustrated book, to discuss the shortlist and what it’s like being an illustrator in lockdown.

Afternoon Tea with Sarah Waters

Grab a cuppa and a join us for a 45-minute online video session with Sarah Waters as she shares a mini tour of her creative workspace, insights into what she’s currently working on, and how she is adapting to working online. Sarah Waters is an SoA Council Member and a judge for this year’s Paul Torday Memorial Prize, part of the SoA Awards.

Shortlisted in lockdown: SoA Awards 2020

A chance to meet some of this year’s SoA 2020 Award shortlistees! Robyn Law, our Prizes and Awards Manager, will be in conversation with Catriona Ward, Okechukwu Nzelu, Gaby Koppel and Rónán Hession.

Home, Migration and Free Movement: Refugee Tales and English PEN

Exploring ideas of home, migration, the free movement of people and languages, alongside PEN’s work with young refugee writers. Join us for an in-conversation event with Neel Mukherjee and Ishiaba Kasonga who will open the event with a short reading, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Hannah Trevarthen of English PEN.

Social Media 101

How do you effectively create and build your author profile (brand) on social media and the Internet? Candy and Chitra will cover the basics of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, author websites and blogs – giving you tips to back up social media efforts in the real world, as well as how to develop those connections in the wider world. 

Carers Week chat with Kate Mosse

Grab a cuppa and a join us for a 45-minute online live chat with Kate Mosse as she talks about her role as a carer for her mother-in-law, shares a mini tour of her creative workspace, insights into what she’s currently working on, and how she is adapting to working online whilst caring.