Freedom of expression

Freedom of expression is vital to authors and always will be. We work to protect it, and to create an environment where all are afforded an equal voice.

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

George Orwell

Authors must be allowed to speak and write freely, and we oppose in the strongest terms any attempt to stifle or control the author's voice whether by means of censorship, imprisonment or execution or by hate speech or inappropriate trolling.

The SoA also stands against the marginalisation of minority voices in the UK on any grounds, including those of ethnicity, disability and class, and we support initiatives to promote diversity in UK publishing.

What we're working on

Scottish and Northern Irish Libel Law

Scottish and Northern Irish libel law differs from that in the rest of the UK and needs reforming to take in the provisions of the Defamation Act 2013.

Speak Out

We work alongside English PEN and the Publishers Association on Speak Out: a campaign to raise awareness and international support for writers at risk.

Children’s books

We will continue to protest against age-ranging and inappropriate gender marketing of children's books, practices which are detrimental to equality in society as a whole.


Social diversity, in creators and industry professionals, is essential to a strong creative economy and should be encouraged and supported.

You can get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks.