Daniel Hahn has been elected as the new chair of the Society of Authors, taking over from Anne Sebba.
Hahn, a writer, editor and translator, said the work of the SoA was more important than ever during a “time of uncertainty”.
He has served on the management committee of the SoA since 2013, and was previously chair of the society’s Translators Association.
Hahn is currently national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
“It's hard to overestimate the scale of the changes to the worlds of publishing, bookselling and reading that are happening today, nor the new concerns that these changes bring with them,” Hahn said. “At this time of uncertainty - a period in which professional writers do face very real threats, but also extraordinary new opportunities - the work that the Society of Authors does supporting and advising its 9,000 members and championing the rights of writers across the UK is perhaps more important than it’s ever been.”
Sebba served as chair for two years, during which she time she “brought great energy, attention and enthusiasm” to the role, said the SoA.