Regional groups

The SoA has a number of regional groups based across the UK and abroad with the aim of bringing local members together. Most groups are small and run by volunteer member coordinators. 

Events are promoted to members via email and listed on the events section of this website. To receive email notification about any of the group meetings below, please email Poppy Rosenberg to be added to the relevant mailing list.

Setting up a regional group in your area

If you’re interested in setting up a group in your local area, please download our new guidelines for setting up a regional group or contact Poppy Rosenberg at the SoA.

Authors North

With over 1,000 members, Authors North events are organised by an SoA member of staff in liaison with a small committee of Authors North members. Authors North holds three day-long events (Spring, Summer and Autumn) for members living throughout the north of England. Find out more >>

Cornish Chapter

Member Helena Paterson co-ordinates the activities of this regional group, which meets five to six times a year in Truro. For an insight into a typical gathering, view some of the Cornish Chapter profiles here >> For further details contact Poppy Rosenberg.

Devon Writers Group

The Devon Writers Group has over 130 members from all corners of the county. The group meets quarterly (September/December/April/July) in rural pubs for an informal weekday lunch.

The venue moves east, west, north and south to make it easy for every author to have at least one meeting per year within travelling distance. The December meeting is usually in the vicinity of Exeter. Talks may be arranged for additional dates.

Member and meeting organiser, Yves Potter, encourages members to raise any particular ideas or issues for discussion with her prior to each meeting. 

For further details contact Poppy Rosenberg.

Dorset Writers Group

Run by member Robert Wickson, the Dorset Writers Group meets three to four times a year for an informal lunch. For further details contact Poppy Rosenberg.

Gloucestershire Lunches

We are deeply sorry to announce that Roger Jones has passed away. He was a member of the Society of Authors for nearly thirty years, and known to many as the dedicated organiser of the Gloucestershire lunch meetings. 

Please join the Gloucestershire group Facebook page for details of future events. Meetings are typically lunches and often include a speaker and details are posted on the SoA events calendar and emailed to members living in the area. For further details contact Poppy Rosenberg.

Hertfordshire Writers Group

Member Samantha Collett organises informal meetings for other members living in the area on the second Tuesday of every month. For further details contact Poppy Rosenberg.

Novelists in London

Member Miranda Miller organises informal monthly meetings for novelists living in London. For further details contact Poppy Rosenberg.

SoA, Italy

This is an informal group of SoA members which has been meeting for some years now. The group includes writers from the far north to the far south of the country who meet approximately every six months in locations across Italy. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Patricia Clough or visit

SoA, Nice

This is a small group of diverse writers who meet for lunch the last Tuesday of every month. Whether you live locally, to and fro, or are visiting, we would be pleased to meet you. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Carol Howland,


SoA, Spain

For further details, please contact Poppy Rosenberg.

Three Counties

Sue Purcell organises monthly lunches for members, taking place in the Guildford and Winchester areas, usually with a speaker. 

If you're interested in receiving email notifications about any of these group meetings, please contact Poppy Rosenberg to be added to the relevant mailing list.


2017 events programme

Posted: 06 December 2016

Spring event: Authors North Broadcasting Day

A day of broadcasting-inspired talks.

Date: Saturday 22 April 2017

Location: Leeds

Venue: The Carriageworks Theatre

Speakers include: Furquan Akhtar (Wolfblood); Sarah Bagshaw (Emmerdale, Heartbeat); Anna Disley (New Writing North); Lisa Holdsworth (Midsomer Murders, Robin Hood); Gwyneth Hughes (Dark Angel, The Girl); Daniel Ingram-Brown (Artistic Director of Suitcase and Spectacles Children's Theatre); Curtis Jobling (Bob the Builder, Frankenstein's Cat); Vanessa Rosenthal (Writing the Century, BBC Radio 4).

View the full programme and book your place.

Booking is open until 7 April.

Event code: 597


Summer social: Ian McMillan's walking tour of Barnsley

An exclusive walking tour of Barnsley with the 'bard of Barnsley' Ian McMillan; poetry readings by Ian McMillan and Zaffar Kunial; and a performance skills workshop with the author and professional storyteller Cat Weatherill

Downoad The Verb podcast with Ian McMillan, featuring Zaffar Kunial, John Crace and John Sutherland.

Date: Saturday 8 July 2017

Location: Barnsley

Venue: The Cooper Gallery

Booking opens: April 2017

Event code: 598


Autumn event: The Author Business

A day of professional development and training for authors.

Date: Saturday 4 November 2017

Location: Manchester

Venue: TBC

Booking opens: July 2017

Event code: 599