SoA Blog


Seeing ourselves in British history

Jason Young ponders the lack of Black British characters in period drama – and finds hope that those stories will get told.

How to prepare an online poetry event

Advice from our Poetry & Spoken Word Group committee on preparing – and hosting – an online poetry event.

Did East Berlin smell different from West Berlin?

Ben Fergusson considers the benefits of doing historical research online – during a pandemic and beyond.

Five tips for (new) educational authors

The world of educational publishing can be tricky to navigate for new writers. Here are five tips to keep in mind.

Protecting your mental health: Coping with Covid-19

Lucy Coats offers ten tips for protecting your mental health during Covid-19.

Proper people

Colin Grant on uncovering the stories of Caribbean migration to Britain for his book, Homecoming, and finding authenticity in lost oral histories

A Time Comes

Poet and novelist Ben Okri calls for justice, listening, and for an end to silence.

Eric Gregory Award 2019: One year on…

We catch up with five of last year's Eric Gregory Award winners to find out where they are now.

Journey to Jilin: McKitterick Prize 2019

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott describes her month-long writing residency stay in Jilin, China as part of her 2019 McKitterick Prize win.

COVID-19 update: Author income collection

An update from ALCS, PLR and DACS on author income streams in the wake of COVID-19.

Greening the book business

Alison Flood asks publishers and booksellers what they’re doing to make their work more sustainable.

Writers on the storm

From satire, poetry and fiction to protest and direct action – Caspar Henderson investigates how writers are responding to the climate crisis.

Feel the space between... – Yoga for authors

Jill Dawson on how yoga might help during self-isolation and beyond, from The Author (Winter 2019).

What does Brexit mean for authors?

Nicola Solomon looks at the short and longer term implications of the UK's exit from the EU in January.

Life on the Educational Writers Group committee

Mark Griffiths discusses why being part of the Educational Writers Group committee was worth it.

Why we need libraries

A. L. Kennedy offers a personal view on why libraries are 'palaces for people'.

Ignaty Dyakov: On lifestyle and health

Life and health coach Ignaty Dyakov explores his MEALS approach to lifestyle and health.

The Sky is Falling: On Mental Health and Care Work

Author Jim Green talks about mental health and caring in a re-imagining of the children's fable, Chicken-Licken.

How I dealt with mental health stigma

SoA's Bryony Hall opens up about her experience with mental health and stigma on World Mental Health Day.

Taking PLR international

To mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of PLR for authors, Jim Parker looks at what's happening overseas.