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Credit Where It’s Due

‘Name the Translator’ is an ongoing campaign, attempting to overcome the bad habits of reviewers and journalists.

Call for Ofsted to Inspect School Libraries

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has voted to include school libraries in Ofsted inspections. The SoA has long pressed for this move as a way to boost literacy and encourage...

Change of Chair

We are sorry to announce that the Chair, William Horwood, has stepped down from his position on the Management Committee for personal reasons. The Committee has elected David Donachie to replace...

SoA Welcomes White Paper on Culture

We welcome the publication of the Government’s White Paper on Culture, the first in over 50 years. The SoA was one of the bodies which contributed to the consultation.

The tide is turning: festivals campaign update

Since publishing our survey and guidelines last year, we’ve received more feedback and information from authors and festivals and we have responded by revising our Minimum Practice Guidelines.

Translation prize winners announced

This year’s prizes honour the most accomplished works of translation into the English language from the Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Swedish. The awards were presented by the...

Love for Libraries

On 6 February, people across the UK expressed their love for libraries. The 2016 National Libraries Day was the biggest celebration yet, with over 850 events taking place and massive...

Lit Fest shout out

Authors on Twitter have been using the hashtag #litfestshoutout to highlight those festivals who treat their speakers well. We too would like to thank the festivals who have taken the time to...

Tax Returns Debate: Further Consultation Needed

On 25 January, following a huge response to a petition, the House of Commons debated plans to introduce quarterly tax ‘updates’ for the self-employed and small businesses.

Festivals Campaign: Update

Literary festivals’ payment of authors has been prominent in the news this month, prompted by Philip Pullman’s resignation as Patron of Oxford Literary Festival. The SoA President...