Gaiman and Atwood to feature on line-up for SoA @ Home Festival

Gaiman and Atwood to feature on line-up for SoA @ Home Festival

The Society of Authors has revealed its autumn/winter line-up of online events raising money for the Authors’ Contingency Fund. It will launch this week with an in-conversation event with Neil Gaiman.

Gaiman will kick off proceedings at 2.30 p.m. on 1st October speaking with The Guardian’s Alison Flood. There are also sessions with Ian Rankin, Roger Robinson, Deborah Moggach, Antonia Fraser, Dean Atta and Amrou Al-Kadhi, among others.

Running until early December, the SoA @ Home Festival has 36 live-streamed events planned, focusing on professional development, industry discussion, wellbeing, and topical conversation. In the mix will be practical guidance on research skills, podcasting and marketing, panel discussions on imposter syndrome and author earnings and practical sessions focused on creativity and wellbeing.

It will culminate with an event with Margaret Atwood, in partnership with the Writers’ Union of Canada.

The aim is to help raise funds for the Authors’ Contingency Fund, which has so far distributed £1 million in small grants to authors facing financial hardship owing to the current health crisis. Anyone can join who makes a donation at societyofauthors.org/donate between now and the time of the event.

A spokesperson for the Society of Authors commented: "Following the success of the first SoA @ Home Festival, which ran from May to July, we’re very excited to launch this new season. The feedback we got from attendees at the Spring and Summer events, run at the height of lockdown, was that they were invaluable in helping people feel connected – both to each other and to their careers, which for many have been rendered more precarious than ever this year. As the UK enters this new phase in the health crisis, we hope the 36 events running from October to December will prove just as valuable – in helping author communities stay in touch, enabling them to develop new skills, debating the state of the industry, and entertaining while (we hope) raising some much needed cash for the Authors’ Contingency Fund."

Bookings are open for events in the first three weeks of the festival with tickets for future events due to be released in October. More details can be found on the SoA @ Home website.