Chairing Workshop with Nicolette Jones

Location: SoA offices
Address: Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, SW10 9SB
Event time: 11-3pm
Have you ever been asked to chair a literary event or festival? Hone your skills with Nicolette Jones and practice with other authors.

Event details

Have you ever been asked to chair a literary event or festival? Hone your skills with Nicolette Jones and practise with other authors. 

Add a money-making skill to your repertoire with Nicolette's do's and dont's, preparation tips and ways to make your events simple, effective and fun.

Nicolette Jones offers advice for writers who are asked to chair events about the particular skills and requirements of the job, offering dos and don’ts, ways to prepare and how to make things easier for yourself, enjoyable for the audience, and comfortable for your panels or interviewees. A workshop to add a money-making skill to the jobbing writer’s repertoire. With the optional chance to practise.



Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite and cost £60 for members. If you have any questions get in touch at


The Workshop

The interactive workshop will take place at the SoA offices from 11-3pm with a break 1-2pm for lunch. Lunch and refreshments will be supplied.


About Nicolette

Nicolette Jones, writer and critic, has been a professional chair of literary events for decades, and is a regular at festivals from Charleston to Cheltenham. Interviewees have included, for instance, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and John Humphrys.

She has been the Children’s Books Reviewer of The Sunday Times for more than two decades, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished service to the world of children’s books. She is experienced in radio and television, and a professional chair of adults’ and children’s events at many venues across the UK including Cheltenham, Oxford and Charleston literary festivals. Interviewees have included Margaret Atwood, Joan Bakewell, Vince Cable, Richard Ford, Elizabeth Jane Howard, John Humphrys, Erica Jong, Michael Morpurgo, Richard Flanagan, Salman Rushdie and Philip Pullman.

She produced Channel Four’s list of Britain’s Favourite Children’s Books for a programme presented by David Walliams in December 2015.

Her double award-winning book about the Victorian philanthropist Samuel Plimsoll and his campaign on behalf of sailors, The Plimsoll Sensation (Little, Brown/Abacus), was a Radio 4 Book of the Week. She also co-authored, with writer and illustrator Raymond Briggs, an anthology of his work: Blooming Books (Cape) She was a Scholar at Oxford University, and a Henry Fellow as a graduate student at Yale.