Sunday, January 17, 2016

Authors call for boycott of festivals that do not pay

Joanne Harris and Linda Grant among signatories of letter saying authors have been giving services for free for too long

Joanne Harris seen before speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015
Joanne Harris, who signed Amanda Craig’s letter saying: ‘Writing is a vocation but it is also a profession.’ Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian
The fight to ensure literary festivals pay authors appearing at their events has gained momentum after a number of prominent writers, including Linda Grant, Denisa Mina, Joanne Harris and Francesca Simon, signed an open letter calling on publishers and writers to boycott festivals that do not pay them.
The letter, written by Amanda Craig and signed by 30 authors, came shortly after Philip Pullman resigned as patron of the Oxford literary festival over his view that authors appearing at the event “are expected to work for nothing”.

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