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The following is a news release from the Howard League for Penal Reform, on their Books for Prisoners campaign:

"Our Books For Prisoners campaign is gathering pace after leading writers again came out in support, this time gathering at Downing Street to urge David Cameron to act.

You may have received a letter from the BBC asking you to make your entire radio and TV archive available to them with one clearance.

What is Tumblr?

Tumblr is a blogging platform, like Wordpress, Blogger or Livejournal. You can use Tumblr to run your own blog, share text, images or videos and connect with other like-minded bloggers!

As an author, you can use your blog to post short stories, novel excerpts, competitions or event info. As you may have heard at one of our social media surgeries, a blog can be an invaluable tool for marketing your work and connecting with your audience, as well as with fellow authors.

The Society of Authors welcomes a new report by the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) which calls for every pupil in the UK to have a well-resourced, properly staffed library in their secondary school. APPG argue that to contribute to the success of the UK economy it is vital to ensure children develop the essential literacy and digital literacy skills needed to fulfil their potential.

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6 June 2014

Over three-quarters of UK journalists do not earn enough to support themselves, with the majority earning less than £8,200 a year, according to a survey of freelance newspaper and magazine journalists undertaken by the ALCS.

2 June 2014

We would urge caution before committing to any author-pays service, especially one which seeks a licence of rights. 

20 May 2014

The Society's Chief Executive, Nicola Solomon, has written to Labour MP Harriet Harman, shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport, on the subject of school libraries in the UK.

08 April 2014

To celebrate Sir Terry Pratchett as The London Book Fair’s (LBF) Author of the Day today, the International Authors Forum, in association with LBF, has designated Tuesday 8 April International Sir Terry Pratchett Day, to mark his phenomenal international publishing success.

 

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