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29 May 2015

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) has released ‘Devaluing Creators, Endangering Creativity’, the report of its recent survey into authors’ incomes in Canada. 

22 May 2015

The Society of Authors is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Betty Trask Prize.

This year’s shortlist offers a diverse range of first novels, transporting us from the heated environment of a professional kitchen to the desolation of post-war Berlin and exploring the opposing conditions of old age and youth.

21 May 2015

On 20 May the Supreme Court overturned an injunction preventing the publication of a memoir by classical pianist James Rhodes. The SoA welcomes this as a victory for freedom of expression and a very clear statement by the courts‎ that people have the right to tell their own story in their own words, even if others may be distressed (or even psychologically injured) by reading it.

15 May 2015

It is now just over a week ago that the UK went to the polls and the new cabinet has now been confirmed. Although the government has changed, the SoA’s mission remains the same: to work tirelessly to represent the interests of authors, readers and the creative industries.

5 May 2015

The Society of Authors was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ruth Rendell.

Ruth Rendell sat on the SoA’s Council and was a passionate supporter of the rights and interests of authors. As a Baroness she was an eloquent advocate for her profession in the House of Lords, speaking up for the importance of reading to both the economy and national cultural life, and lending her name to causes including literacy, Public Lending Right and support for emerging writers.

Ian Rankin and Simon Brett, fellow crimewriters and Council members, reflect on her life, work and legacy.

21 April 2015

The Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) has published a worrying report on author’s incomes and contracts. The report states that ‘for the majority, writing remains a low earning profession. The survey found that the median (typical) pre-tax net earnings which professional writers obtained from their writing (£11,000) was a little over 40% of the national average median earnings (£27,011).’

13 March 2015

Thursday 5 March was World Book Day with celebrations of children’s books taking place across the UK. The government used the occasion to announce funding of £100k for a new programme for raising literacy in primary schools.

13 March 2015

On 20 November 2014 The Times published an article about educational publishing in Britain today. Under the heading, ‘Textbook case of sloppy work’, the standfirst reads: ‘Britain once led the world in educational publishing. Now we have to import titles’; and the second paragraph begins: ‘the UK now produces among the worst textbooks of any developed nation’. Could it be that those outstanding textbook writers of the last century have disappeared and left no heirs? If so, how has this happened?



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