Society of Authors in Wales

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The SoA in Wales (SoAiW) is a regional group of the Society of Authors, established in 2018 with the intention of representing and supporting Welsh writers at all stages of their career – whether they write in English or Welsh – both professionally and by providing networking opportunities.

It's free to join and Welsh residents are automatically added to the group when joining the SoA. If you're an SoA member and not yet a part of SoAiW, get in touch with the group secretary Jo McCrum (we appreciate some Welsh towns have English postcodes or you may be expatriate) or if you have ideas for an event, want to address an issue, or would like a meeting in your town.

What are the benefits of joining?

Find your community

The SoAiW organises a varied and busy schedule of professional events and socials across the year via a volunteer steering committee and regional hosts. You can keep in touch with authors near you, find out what’s happening in your area and be a part of your local arts community.


Specific Welsh benefits include 20% off a subscription to New Welsh Review as well as 20% off accommodation at The Gladstone Library. Log into the SoA membership 'Benefits' section to gain the codes.

Stay in touch

A Welsh newsletter is automatically sent to subscribers and members can opt to join the private Facebook group where members can share information about their news, publishing matters, events and post queries about their work and publishing practice.

Want to join?

If you are thinking of joining the Society of Authors, take advantage of our Welsh offer code – WALES1512 – giving you an extra three months of membership on top of the yearly membership subscription and full access to SoA services and benefits. Croeso!


Upcoming events

Posted: 25 November 2019

SoAiW volunteers host a number of community socials with regular events taking place in Aberystwyth, Cardigan and Monmouth. Please email the group secretary Jo McCrum if you are interested in organising a one-off or regular meet. Here are our upcoming events:

Monmouth Meet | Friday 6 December | White Swan Tea Room | 3pm

These take place on the first Friday of every month. Free to attend. Non-SoA member guests welcome. To find out more and to RSVP, contact Margaret Iggulden

Swansea Christmas Lunch | Friday 6 December | Gigi Gao’s Favourite Authentic Chinese | 12.30pm

Join host Helen Docherty at this popular restaurant specialising in Northern Chinese cuisine. Set menus are £16 vegetarian; £19 meat options. RSVP to Helen so that we know numbers and can inform the restaurant of any allergies. Non-member guests welcome. We will be joined by SCBWI Wales members.

Vinegar Valentines: Readings and Workshop | Friday 14 February 2020 | Cardiff, 1-3pm

A 15-minute reading and workshop by noted Welsh poet/performer Rhian Edwards on the theme of love-gone-wrong, from Shakespeare's often bitter sonnets to his 'Dark Lady', to the caustic missives of Dorothy Parker. The workshop will include a discussion on how to make a living as a poet. Bookings open in December. Tickets for SoA members (and concessions): £7 | Non-members (guests): £12. 

Aberystwyth Meet | Tuesday 25 February 2020 | Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 5pm

Quarterly meet-up in Aberystwyth, arranged on a rolling basis. Meet in the upstairs theatre bar in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Writing or publishing non-SoA member guests welcome. Please RSVP to host Julia.

We are currently still planning the rest of our events schedule, so keep checking!