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Directory of Organisations and Links

 

This page contains links to organisations which are of relevance to our work. They may be sources of funding, organisations working in partnership with us, or organisations we feel may be of interest to you.

If you would like to suggest a link, or for us to remove a link to your organisation's website, please contact us. We reserve the right remove links at our discretion, and without warning or notification. Websites that are 'under construction' will not be accepted.

 

 

Arts Council England

Arts Council England

The national policy body for the arts in England.

14 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 3NQ
0845 300 6200
0161 934 4426

Association of Authors Agents (AAA)

Association of Authors Agents (AAA)

Holds regular meetings for members.

10 Iron Bridge House, Bridge Aproach, London, NW1 8BD
020 7722 7674
020 7836 9541

Arvon Foundation

Arvon Foundation

The foundation has 3 centres (the others are at Totleigh Barton in Devon and Moniack Mhor in Inverness-shire), which run residential poetry-writing courses throughout the year. 

Lumb Bank, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 6DF
01422 843714
01422 843714

Association of Christian Writers

Association of Christian Writers

The vision of the Association of Christian Writers is to see quality writing in every area of the media, whether it be overtly Christian or shaped by a Christian perspective, reaching the widest possible range of people throughout the United Kingdom and beyond.

23 Moorend Lane, Thame, Oxon, OX9 3BQ

Authors' Club

Authors' Club

Administers the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and the Sir Banister Fletcher Award. Contact the Secretary for more information about membership.

67 Dean Street, London W1
020 7499 8581
020 7409 0913

Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)

Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) represents the interests of all UK writers and aims to ensure writers are fairly compensated for any works that are copied, broadcast or recorded.

The Writers' House, 13 Haydon Street, London, EC3N 1DB
020 7264 5700
020 7264 5755

Bookseller (The)

Bookseller (The)

Journal of the UK publishing and bookselling trades. While outside contributions are welcomed, most of the journal's contents are commissioned. Founded: 1858.

Crowne House, 56-58 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1UN
020 3358 0360
020 7420 6103

Booksellers Association (BA) of the United Kingdom & Ireland

Booksellers Association (BA) of the United Kingdom & Ireland
Minster House, 72 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1BA
020 7802 0802
020 7802 0803

BooksfromScotland.com

BooksfromScotland.com

BooksfromScotland.com is a new venture funded by the Scottish Arts Council and owned by a charitable organisation. An information and online bookselling site featuring author biographies, interviews, extracts, articles, etc as well as selling all kinds of Scottish-interest books.

Booktrust

Booktrust

Booktrust is involved in reader development projects spanning the arts, education and publishing throughout the UK.

45 East Hill, London, SW18 2QZ
020 8516 2988
020 8516 2978

British Academy of Composers and Songwriters

British Academy of Composers and Songwriters
British Music House, 25-27 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LR
020 7636 2929
020 7636 2212

British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT)

British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT)

Aims to promote literary translation and the status of the literary translator by working in the UK and overseas with translator associations and centres, cultural policymakers, teachers and researchers.

University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
01603 592 785
01603 592 737

British Council

British Council

The British Council produces an online, searchable database containing a comprehensive guide to Literary Festivals (and general Arts Festivals with a literary content) happening around the UK - visit http://literaryfestivals.britishcouncil.org

10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN
020 7839 6347

British Library (The)

British Library (The)
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
020 7412 7332
020 7412 7340

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

The leading membership body for library and information professionals. Formerly the Library Association.

7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE
020 7255 0500
020 7255 0501

City University London

City University London

City University runs a number of courses - from a short 10-week writing course to a full MA. The Department of Journalism has a strong reputation for writing and journalism courses.

Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB
020 7040 5060

Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA)

Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA)
90 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 4LP
020 7631 5555
020 7631 5500

Crime Writers' Association (CWA)

Crime Writers' Association (CWA)

Drama UK

Drama UK

Drama UK offers help and advice to drama students of all ages through its website, awards a quality kite mark to the very best drama training available and is an advocate for quality drama training.

www.dramauk.co.uk

English PEN

English PEN

The English branch of the world association of writers, which promotes friendship and understanding between writers and strives to defend freedom of expression.

Lancaster House, 33 Islington High Street, London, N1 9LH
020 7713 0023
020 7713 0005

Hampstead Authors' Society (HAS)

Hampstead Authors' Society (HAS)

Set up in 1997 to provide a professional and social network and forum for writers and other interested people in the Hampstead area, HAS has since been joined by members from other parts of London, Oxford, Cambridge and even from France. Its activities include: readings of both published and unpublished work, book displays of members at local bookshops, talks by a range of speakers from authors of fiction and non-fiction to booksellers, agents, publishers and television producers, visits to places of interest like the new British Library, panel discussions on topical issues about books and writing (some of these discussions are open to the public), walks on Hampstead Heath followed by tea and a reading, talks by members at local schools/workshops on researching the internet.
Chairman: Zsuzsanna Ardo

Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators

Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators

Professional body for technical authors and technical illustrators.

Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 0XZ
020 8253 4506
020 8253 4510

Institute of Translating and Interpreting (ITI)

Institute of Translating and Interpreting (ITI)

Professional association of translators and interpreters which aims to promote the highest standards in translating and interpreting.

Fortuna House, South Fifth Street, Milton Keynes, MK9 2EU

Intellectual Property Office

Intellectual Property Office

If you have any questions about intellectual property, or if you just need to speak to someone, please contact the Information Centre. You can expect a friendly, professional service from a team of dedicated advisors.

Office hours are 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

Click here to download their guide, Copyright - Essential Reading.

Intellectual Property Office, Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport, South Wales, NP10 8QQ, United Kingdom
Tel: 0300 300 2000

ISBN, SAN, and DOI Agencies

ISBN, SAN, and DOI Agencies
3rd Floor, Midas House, 62 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6LQ
0870 777 8712
0870 777 8714

London Library

London Library

Founded by Thomas Carlyle in 1841, the London Library is now the largest independent lending library in the world. It has a proud tradition of serving generations of readers, writers, scholars and researchers by lending material from its extensive collection, which now exceeds one million books and periodical volumes. Membership is open to all.

14 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LG
020 7930 7705
020 7766 4766

MET Mediterranean Editors and Translators

MET Mediterranean Editors and Translators

A network of English language facilitators. MET is an association that shares knowledge and brings together people in the Mediterranean and southern European area who give language support for international communication in English.

Modern Poetry in Translation

Modern Poetry in Translation

National Union of Journalists (NUJ)

National Union of Journalists (NUJ)

Trade union for working journalists with 28,000 members and 147 branches.

Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP
020 7278 7916
020 7837 8143

New Lit

New Lit

newlit.co.uk is a website that provides writing consultancy and mentoring for new and established writers.

Newlit professionals report on writers' work for the writing consultancy and there is an on-line mentoring scheme for those who want to dedicate more time to their writing.

020 7503 0954
07957 509587

New Writing South

New Writing South

New Writing South is a writing organisation in the South East open to all creative writers, for those seeking creative writers and for other creative writing agencies including all producers of dramatic writing.

The site features the Pirandello Database of writers in the south east. Originally created by Arts Council South East and Oxford Brookes, the database is now run by New Writing South. You can reach Pirandello at www.pirandello.org.uk

9 Jew Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UT
01273 735353

NUJ London Freelance Fees Guide

NUJ London Freelance Fees Guide

The London Freelance branch of the National Union of Journalists.

Own-it

Own-it

Own-it, Intellectual Property Advice Service, provides free advice, resources and events on intellectual property for creative businesses, including copyright, design rights, trade marks, patents, branding, licensing, royalties and contracts. Membership is free and members can attend events, access event podcasts, templates of legal contracts, legal advice and book one-to-one IP advice sessions with lawyers.

Performing Rights Society (PRS)

Performing Rights Society (PRS)
<p> Copyright House, 29-33 Berners Street, London, W1T 3AB</p>
020 7580 5544
020 7306 4455

Personal Web Design

Personal Web Design

For references please contact the Society.

01225 428300
01225 428350

Poetry Book Society

Poetry Book Society

Founded by T S Eliot and friends in 1953, the Poetry Book Society is a poetry society, providing information, guidance and discounts on contemporary poetry for a wide-ranging community of readers.

Poetry Book Society, The Dutch House, 307-308 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7LL
+44 (0)207 831 7468
+44 (0)207 831 6967

Poetry Society

Poetry Society

The Society offers advice and information to all, with a more comprehensive level of information available to members. Membership is open to anyone interested in poetry and includes 4 issues each of the magazine Poetry Review and the newsletter Poetry News.

22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX
020 7420 9880
020 7420 4818

Public Lending Right (PLR)

Public Lending Right (PLR)
PLR Office, Richard House, Sorbonne Close, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6DA
01642 604 699
01642 615 641

Publishers Association (PA)

Publishers Association (PA)

A trade organisation serving book, journal and electronic publishers in the UK.

29B Montague Street, London, WC1B 5BH
020 7691 9191
020 7691 9199

Romantic Novelists' Association

Romantic Novelists' Association

The Romantic Novelists' Association exists to promote and foster all types of romantic fiction. Membership is open to writers of romantic fiction (modern and historical) or those who have had 2 or more full-length serials published. The cost of full membership is £40. Associate membership is open to publishers, editors, literary agents, booksellers, librarians and others having a close connection with novel writing and publishing. The RNA is the only professional body of writers in Britain which actively encourages and supports new writers. Membership of the New Writers' Scheme is available to writers who have not yet had a full-length novel published. New Writers must submit a manuscript each year. The mss receive a report from experienced published members for an increased membership fee (which includes the reading fee) of £90. Meetings are regularly held in London and the regions with guest speakers and a magazine is published bi-monthly.
Four awards are made annually: The FosterGrant Romantic Novel of the Year, The New Writers' Award, The Elizabeth Goudge Trophy and The Romance Prize.

Royal Literary Fund (RLF)

Royal Literary Fund (RLF)
3 Johnson's Court, off Fleet Street, London, EC4A 3EA
020 7353 7150
020 7353 1350

Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)

Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)

A professional organisation based in the UK for editors and proofreaders – the people who strive to make text accurate and readable. Works to promote high editorial standards, uphold the professional status of editors and proofreaders and encourage the use of services offered by SfEP members and associates.

Apsley House, 176 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 2SH
020 8785 6155

Society of Editors

Society of Editors

With more than 450 members in national, regional and local newspapers, magazines and other media, the Society of Editors was formed from a merger between the former Guild of Editors and the Association of British Editors. It campaigns for media freedom.

University Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RU
01223 304080
01223 304090

Society of Indexers

Society of Indexers
Society of Indexers, Woodbourn Business Centre, 10 Jessell Street, Sheffield, S9 3HY
0114 244 9561
0114 244 9563

The Scottish Storytelling Centre

The Scottish Storytelling Centre

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's literary and cultural quarter. Recently re-opened on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, and incorporating a Cafe, Storytelling Court and Library, the Centre is the ideal venue and resource for anyone wanting to experience live oral storytelling, foster their own storytelling skills, develop a community storytelling project or co-ordinate a storytelling event. The Centre presents a seasonal programme of theatre and literature, supported by exciting visual arts, craft and multimedia exhibitions.

43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

The Tutor Pages

The Tutor Pages

The Tutor Pages Ltd. is an independent educational services company based in North West London, the primary purpose of which is to provide useful information and advice on all aspects of the UK private tuition industry. It lists hundreds of articles on all subjects relating to tutoring,  and has published an acclaimed e-book for tutors.

The View From Here

The View From Here

A print and on-line literary magazine with over 7000 on-line readers. Has a close relationship with the Arts Council funded Exclusively Independent Scheme and is a member of Publishers Weekly's BookLife. It is also in selected libraries in the South East of England and New York.

The Writer's Compass

The Writer's Compass

The Writer's Compass, formerly literaturetraining, is an information and advice service for writers and literature professionals, and is now wholly part of NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education).

The Writer’s Compass (NAWE), P O Box 1, Sheriff Hutton, York, YO60 7YU
0131 553 2210

Thresholds Forum

Thresholds Forum

Based at the University of Chichester in West Sussex, Thresholds Forum aims to provide a creative and supportive space for Postgraduate students throughout the UK and beyond who are working with the Short Story form.

Tower Poetry

Tower Poetry

An organisation promoting poetry with special interest in education; exists to encourage and challenge everyone who reads or writes poetry.

Christ Church, Oxford, OX1 1DP
01865 286591

Trace Line

Trace Line

Recommended by a member who was trying to track down a long-gone and obscure rights holder. It is a no-find no-fee agency, and they tracked the person via wills etc promptly and successfully.

PO Box 239, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1WH
0151 647 2024

US Library of Congress Copyright Office

US Library of Congress Copyright Office
Library of Congress, Washington DC, 20559

WATCH (Writers, Artists and Their Copyright Holders)

WATCH (Writers, Artists and Their Copyright Holders)

Database of information on whom to contact for permission to publish in copyright text and images. A joint project of the University of Texas and the University of Reading.

Welsh Book Trade Info

Welsh Book Trade Info

This website has been developed by the Welsh Books Council as a comprehensive source of information about the book industry.

Welsh Books Council Castell Brychan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2JB
01970 624151
01970 625385

Writer Pictures

Writer Pictures
Writer Pictures 90 Temple Park Crescent Edinburgh EH11 1HZ United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 8241 0039

Writers in Oxford

Writers in Oxford

Writers in Oxford was set up by local members of the Society of Authors in 1992 and is run by writers for one another. Applications for membership are welcome from writers who have had a full length work - or a substantial body of smaller works - published, broadcast or performed commercially. The main purpose is social. Writers in Oxford publishes a newsletter, The Oxford Writer, with details of activities, news of members' publications, and articles on topics of interest.

 

Writers' Centre Norwich

Writers' Centre Norwich

 

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development agency based in Norwich. They work with writers, readers and diverse communities on a wide range of ongoing and one off projects and events.

14 Princes Street, Norwich, NR3 1AE
01603 877177

Writers' Guild of Great Britain (incorporating the Theatre Writers' Union)

Writers' Guild of Great Britain (incorporating the Theatre Writers' Union)

 

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain is the writers' trade union, affiliated to the TUC. It represents the interests of writers in film, television, radio, theatre and publishing.

134 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2TU (from April 2014)
020 7833 0777
020 7833 4777

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