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Ben Okri 2017 Authors' Awards Speech
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
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P.D. James Memorial Fund
17 August 2017
Seven habits of highly effective authors
Chris Alton considers the value of events for less well-known authors – and how to make smaller events bigger.
16 June 2017
Writing as a carer, by Paul Anderson
Paul Anderson details the experience of writing as a full-time carer.
17 May 2017
Everything a Writer Needs
Philip Paris explores the opportunities of ScotsWrite, the upcoming writers' conference near Glasgow.
15 May 2017
Finding Hidden Talent
Broadcaster and children's author Hilary Robinson describes the value of what's not said.
12 May 2017
Tips for New Writers
At the Authors' North Broadcasting Day we caught up with some established screenwriters to ask them for their best tips.
11 April 2017
The Power of Pictures
Charlotte Hacking of CLPE shares the findings of their study on the effectiveness of picture books in education.
03 April 2017
Report from the London Book Fair
Janet Laurence, author and member of the Management Committee, reports back from her time at the London Book Fair.
27 February 2017
Elizabeth-Anne Wheal: Talent is Everywhere
As the awards season climaxed on Sunday with the Oscars and the shambles of Envelopegate, the debate about diversity in the creative industries is headlining again.
07 February 2017
Elizabeth Bond - Response: Fair Trade for Authors
Elizabeth Bond, Custom Publishing Director at Little, Brown and Orion, responds to authors' concerns over book discounts.
25 January 2017
Lionel Bender: Book Fair Benefits
Lionel Bender, on the benefits of visiting book fairs and exhibitions.
11 January 2017
Elizabeth-Anne Wheal: Women in Jeopardy
Season 3 of BBC 2’s controversial drama The Fall may have concluded last October, but the debate it has catalysed among programme makers, reviewers and audiences shows no sign of...
21 December 2016
The year that's been and the year ahead
David Donachie, chair of The Society of Authors, looks at key priorities for the Management Committee and for our members.
17 November 2016
Publishers - we need to talk about authors
Lucinda Hawksley – author, art historian and member of the Society of Authors Management Committee – argues that fair treatment of authors by publishers has been a long time coming.
16 November 2016
James Mayhew: Fair Trade for Authors
Christmas - the season of goodwill, overspending and bargain books. Great for some, argues illustrator and children's author James Mayhew, but a pretty unfair deal for the author (and the book).
29 September 2016
We've partnered with the Publishers Association to support their Reading Ambassador scheme.
14 September 2016
Suzanne Bhargava: School Libraries
For our September blog, Suzanne Bhargava (librarian at the London Oratory School) explores the powerful effects of a good school library.
15 August 2016
James Phoenix: Seven Stories
The UK's national centre for children's books, from the perspective of a newcomer.
01 July 2016
Meike Ziervogel: Strange Tales
For our July blog Meike Ziervogel of Peirene Press reflects on the result of the referendum and the way ahead for publishers of translated work.
16 June 2016
Cathy Galvin: The Word Factory
Cathy Galvin, writer and Director of The Word Factory, on short stories and bringing authors together.
16 May 2016
Sarah McIntyre: Data Warriors
Publishers! What's one of the easiest, cost-efficient ways to give your business a fighting edge? It's equipping your DATA WARRIORS!
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