Keeping writers central

Keeping writers central

It is a bright February day: the kind that reminds you winter submits to spring. Even the workmen digging up the road outside the Society of Authors’ (SoA) red brick headquarters (below left) are whistling. Inside I await Nicola Solomon, the SoA chief executive, who is running late from a meeting with the British Library to discuss digitising a magazine archive.

The waiting room is grim: in the 1990s the red walls and green speckled carpet may have been trés Designers Guild, but 20 years on the chic has faded to shabby. Everything feels tired. Boxes of books, files and— bizarrely—light fi...

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