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6 July 2015

We’re delighted to hear that Shirley Hughes is to be presented with a lifetime achievement award from Book Trust. The award is given to an author illustrator for an outstanding contribution to children literature. C.E.O. of Book Trust, Diana Gerald said that Hughes was receiving the award for her ‘remarkable, multi-talented contribution to children's fiction’.

25 June 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 Maugham Award) presented prizes to writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and English Language Teaching writing, at a ceremony held at the Army & Navy Club.

19 June 2015

The SoA is campaigning vigorously at a national, European and worldwide level to guard authors against onerous contracts and to ensure copyright is protected as a means of ensuring that creators are remunerated.

19 June 2015

We appreciate that festivals are wonderful public showcases for literature and that authors are generally pleased to be invited and often enjoy taking part. But all too often the authors themselves end up unrewarded or out-of-pocket for their efforts. The SoA believes all authors should be paid for making public appearances and with festivals booming, and lucrative sponsorship deals in many cases, there is no excuse for authors, who are the main draw, to miss out on the profits – especially where others involved are being paid.

16 June 2015

A group of children’s writers, including members of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group Committee and the Educational Writers Group committee, are concerned about the teaching of writing, particularly in primary schools.

5 June 2015

An ebook lending pilot scheme has failed to allay authors’ concerns about the impact of remote ebook lending on book buying and authors’ incomes.

29 May 2015

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) has released ‘Devaluing Creators, Endangering Creativity’, the report of its recent survey into authors’ incomes in Canada. 

26 May 2015

The High Court has today granted The Publishers Association’s application (under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988) for a blocking order against several UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs).



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