Society of Authors

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Horribly low pay is pushing out my fellow authors – and yes, that really does matter | Joanne Harris
Writing books has been the great joy of my life, but I fear it’s becoming a career for the elite few, says author Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris

07, Dec, 2022 @2:17 PM

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Writers’ earnings have plummeted – with women, Black and mixed race authors worst hit
Research shows that the income of professional authors averages only £7,000 in the UK, making the profession ‘inaccessible and unsustainable’ to most

Sarah Shaffi

06, Dec, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Joanne Harris sees off vote to oust her from Society of Authors role
Novelist said ‘rationality has prevailed’ after resolution to unseat her as chair was comprehensively defeated

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent and Harry Taylor

17, Nov, 2022 @8:07 PM

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Philip Pullman calls for inquiry into writers’ trade union the Society of Authors
The writer, president of the SoA for nine years before he stood down in March, claims the organisation needs ‘investigation from outside’

Sarah Shaffi

22, Sep, 2022 @12:16 PM

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Poison pens: leading writers call for overhaul of UK’s Society of Authors
Literary world riven by conflict as trade union is accused of inappropriately taking sides in culture war

Vanessa Thorpe Arts & media correspondent

21, Aug, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Society of Authors responds to calls for Joanne Harris to step down as committee chair
The writers’ union has clarified its position on free speech following accusations that the Chocolat author made a ‘sideswipe’ at JK Rowling

Sarah Shaffi and Lucy Knight

17, Aug, 2022 @5:17 PM

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Society of Authors distances itself from Philip Pullman’s tweets
The UK’s largest trade union for writers emphasised its anti-racist stance after its president, Pullman, showed support for Kate Clanchy on social media

Lucy Knight

11, Aug, 2021 @2:22 PM

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Authors to earn royalties on secondhand books for first time
AuthorSHARE, a royalty fund set up by two used booksellers with support from industry bodies, is calling for more retailers to participate

Alison Flood

31, May, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Support funds for UK authors hit by pandemic are running out
The Society of Authors, which raised £1.1m for writers struggling but ineligible for government help, says money is low but crisis remains acute

Alison Flood

10, Aug, 2020 @2:00 PM

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'This is a scary time': coronavirus emergency fund set up for authors
Author Philip Pullman said the grants of up to £2,000 designed to meet urgent need ‘will be enormously reassuring’

Alison Flood

20, Mar, 2020 @6:13 PM

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Internet Archive's ebook loans face UK copyright challenge
The Society of Authors has called on the website’s Open Library to stop making scanned books ‘unlawfully’ available to British readers

Alison Flood

22, Jan, 2019 @4:04 PM

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Authors boycott UAE book festival over Matthew Hedges jailing
Historian Antony Beevor and journalist Frank Gardner among several authors to announce they will not attend the Dubai Lit Fest in protest

Sian Cain and Alison Flood

23, Nov, 2018 @12:37 PM

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