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Libraries PLR Rate to Rise For Writers

The Government is proposing to increase the rate of PLR payments to 8.52p per loan for 2017/18, an increase of 0.32p for each loan. However it has admitted that the number of loans has continued to decline. Public Lending Right … Continue reading

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Writers and Performers Join Forces in Campaign to End Indefinite Detention

This week saw the start of a new writer-and-actor led initiative to raise awareness around the call to end indefinite detention of refugees. The initiative is being supported by a raft of well-known actors including Jeremy Irons, Christopher Eccleston, Shobu Kapoor, Maxine Peake, … Continue reading

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Deadline For Society of Authors Writing Grants is 1st September!

The Society of Authors loves to support both emerging and established writing talent from across the writing genres and has a range of grants available to both fiction and non-fiction writers as well as poets. This year over 50 authors will … Continue reading

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UK Publishing Has a Record Breaking Year

The Publishers Association has published its yearbook for 2017 and its good news for authors and booksellers! The UK publishing industry had a record-breaking year in 2017, with income up 5% to £5.7bn. The industry is already the number one … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Group to Investigate Steep Fall in Author’s Earnings

The All Party Parliamentary Writers Group, which keeps MPs and Lords from all sides of the political spectrum informed on issues pertinent to writers, has launched an inquiry into authors’ earnings and to identify what environment writers need to enable them … Continue reading

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Researching New Book Leaves Author in a Comma!

Martin Greenwood was researching his grandfather’s artwork for a new book about his life when he became seriously ill and was unable to breathe. He was rushed to hospital and spend six days in a coma. It turned out that microscopic spores … Continue reading

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Charles Lea and the Arts Council Supporting Budding Writers In Trafford

 A series of free creative writing courses are set to start at libraries across Trafford next week. The Write Time, Write Place project is an eight-week long, adult creative writing courses for beginners, taking place in libraries from April to … Continue reading

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EFG Short Story Award Shortlist Announced

This year’s Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award shortlist includes six Americans, five of them women, making it the first time the international prize has had an all-American shortlist and only the second time that women have featured so heavily on … Continue reading

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Free Introduction to Screenwriting Course For Budding Writers

The University of East Anglia is offering a free online course for writers looking to develop screenwriting skills. The course explores the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of screenwriting, over 2 weeks, taking 3 hours per week, … Continue reading

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Magazine Publisher Launches Big Book Festival for Fiction and Non-Fiction

Magazine publisher Hearst UK, has announced the launch of its Big Book Festival, a new awards, accreditation and live events experience, aiming to discover the best new fiction and non-fiction titles in UK publishing. The Big Book Festival will involve … Continue reading

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