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Our Annual General Meeting

We were delighted that so many members were able to attend our Annual General Meeting last night (19 November).

Creators Band Together in Fight for Fair Terms

The SoA has written to Ed Vaizey along with other members of the Creators’ Rights Alliance to restate and amplify our demands for greater protection against onerous contracts for all creators.

ALCS Educational Writers' Award Shortlist 2015

18 November 2015Q. What links: animal food chains; the intricacies of maths; the First World War; the wonders of our world; mindblowing facts about outer space?A. They're all subjects of books...

SoA Letter on Future of Public Lending Right

The SoA has written to express its concerns about Public Lending Right to Dominic Lake, Deputy Director of Arts, Libraries & Cultural Property, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Scottish School Libraries Petition Lodged

A petition to the Scottish Parliament regarding the threat to Scottish school libraries was officially lodged on 16 October with a final total of 2,651 signatures and 170 comments. 

Copyright Education: Cracking Ideas

The SoA welcomes a new initiative from the Intellectual Property Office. Cracking Ideas provides information and free resources to teachers for classroom education on intellectual property across...

Update on Our Literary Estates

The SoA owns or manages more than 50 literary estates – Bernard Shaw and E. M. Forster among them – and uses the income from these to support all of its work.

Submission on Culture

The SoA is preparing a submission for Government on the subject of culture. 

Credit for Culture

The removal of Working Tax Credit raises some worrying issues for authors and other creators on low incomes. The SoA calls on the Government to address these gaps and protect benefits for...

Report from New Visions Conference

   View EditReport from New Visions8 September 2015*9 September update* Candy Gourlay has also written a report on Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon's talk, 'Things I Wish I...

Authors' Issues Debated in Parliament

The Earl of Clancarty has asked the Government ‘what steps they plan to take to improve the rights and income of professional authors and writers.’ The SoA welcomes the interest of the...

SoA Calls for Action on Author Contracts

Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive of the Society of Authors, launched the C.R.E.A.T.O.R. Campaign for Fair Contracts at the All Party Writers Group Summer Reception.

Authors' Awards 2015

On 25 June £85,500 was distributed to writers at the Society of Authors’ annual Authors’ Awards. Novelist Sarah Waters (a previous recipient of a Betty Trask Prize and a Somerset...

2015 Betty Trask Shortlist

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...

Rhodes Ruling: A Victory for Freedom of Expression

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...