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The SoA in Wales (SoAiW) is a national 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 the SoA in Wales, get in touch with the Group Coordinator Jo McCrum (we appreciate some Welsh towns have English postcodes or you may be expatriate) and also if you have ideas for an event, want to address an issue, or would like to help arrange a meeting in your town.
What are the benefits of joining?
Find your community
The SoA in Wales 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 and Poetry Wales; 20% off accommodation at The Gladstone Library. Log into the SoA membership 'Benefits' section to gain the codes.
Stay in touch
A quarterly newsletter is automatically sent to subscribers, as are details of any local group in your area. Catch up with:
February newsletter: Paula Brackston on coping with the pandemic; Sue Walton on blurbs; Rustie Baker (Rossiter's Books) on bookselling and Broo Doherty (DHH Literary Agency) on agenting.
June newsletter: Alison Layland on Crime Cymru - their new literary festival and prize for debut authors; Patrick McGuinness on writing; Christopher Meredith on the edge; Louise Lalaurie Rogers on translation; and MK Jones on self-publishing.
You can also opt to join our 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 – WALES20 or CYMRU20 – giving you 20% off your first year's subscription when you first join or re-join the Society. This offer does not apply to renewals or to other discounted rates such as our student, youth or concessionary categories. Please use www.societyofauthors.org/offer and the code to claim. Croeso!