Regional groups

The SoA runs a number of regional groups based all over the UK and abroad to bring local authors together. Most groups are small and run by members, with regular events organised via mailing list.

To receive email notifications about any of these group meetings, please email Poppy Rosenberg to be added to the relevant mailing list.

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 occasionally in Falmouth for lunch. 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

Member Roger Jones organises lunches for other members living in Gloucestershire. The lunches usually 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.

New Forest Authors

Member Andrew Sanger organises informal meetings to talk, exchange ideas and get to know local SoA members.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, 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.

Setting up a regional group meeting

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


2017 events programme

Posted: 06 December 2016

Spring event: Broadcasting conference

A day of broadcasting-inspired talks.

Date: Saturday 22 April 2017

Location: Leeds

Venue: The Carriageworks Theatre

Speakers include: TV and radio writer, Furquan Akhtar (Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, and CBBC's hit teen drama Wolfblood); writer for TV and film, Sarah Bagshaw (Children of Christ, Emmerdale, Heartbeat); author and playwright, Daniel Ingram-Brown (Artistic Director of Suitcase and Spectacles Children's Theatre); and writer for radio, Vanessa Rosenthal (including Writing the Century and Letters from my Mother for BBC Radio 4).

The full line-up and programme will be announced in January 2017. 

Booking opens: January 2017

Event code: 597


Summer event: Poetry and spoken word

A not-to-be-missed walking tour of Barnsley with the 'bard of Barnsley' himself, Ian McMillan, poetry readings by Zaffar Kunial and a performance skills workshop with the author and professional storyteller, Cat Weatherill

Listen to a podcast of The Verb with Ian McMillan featuring Zaffar Kunial (available on BBC iplayer until 1 January 2017). 

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