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5 October 2015

The authorities of East Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire and Falkirk Council have proposed cuts to school library services. Other proposals already approved include sharing librarians between schools in Glasgow and replacing librarians in North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and Fife with library assistants. Librarian Duncan Wright has put forward a petition in protest.

24 September

We have just been informed that the premiums for taking out Public Liability Insurance have risen by £1 for the 2015-16 term, from £16 to £17 (for cover up to £5 million) and from £21 to £22 (for cover up to £10 million). Unfortunately, due to a delay in notifying us, this contradicts earlier information we sent to members.

17 September 2015

On Saturday 10 October, the SoA will join forces with Waterstones Sheffield to host a Big Bookshop Party in support of the 2015 Books Are My Bag campaign.

18 September 2015

In November we will be be renewing the Public Liability Insurance scheme that was introduced last year. The insurance covers claims made against you by third parties who have been injured or whose property has been lost or damaged because of your negligence, including defence fees incurred if you are cleared of any fault. PLI is necessary for some writers when making public appearances such as school visits.

17 September 2015

*** Note: the flyer sent out with The Author erroneously gave the date of the AGM as 'Tuesday 19 November'. It should have read 'Thursday 19 November'. We apologise for the error. ***

Our Annual General Meeting for 2015 will take place from 5.15pm on Thursday 19 November at the Royal Over-Seas League in London. We welcome all members to join us and the meeting is free to attend. The agenda of the meeting is given below. Members may propose additional resolutions before 19 October. Members unable to attend may elect to vote by proxy. Please contact us to request a form.

10 September 2015

New Zealand's Film and Literature Board of Review (FLBR) has banned Ted Dawe's novel Into The River from sale or supply, with potential fines of up to NZ$3,000 (£1,230) for individuals who may lend the book and NZ$10,000 (£4,100) for companies. The ban was prompted by protests from Christian lobby group Family First after the Censor's Office removed a R14 restriction in August. The review board meets to decide on its classification in October.

8 September 2015

*9 September update* Candy Gourlay has also written a report on Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon's talk, 'Things I Wish I'd Known', recounting the mis-steps she's taken over her career and offering advice on how to avoid them.

*21 September update* SoA member John Rice has provided photographs from the conference which you can view below.

New Visions, The 2015 Children's Writers and Illustrators Conference took place last weekend (5-6 September) and brought children's writers from all over the country to discuss and debate the craft, the industry and the issues of the day. SoA member Candy Gourlay reports.

7 September 2015

Over the weekend John Dougherty, Chair of the Children's Writers and Illustrators Group, led SoA members in a drive to raise money for the Syrian refugee crisis.



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