As Philip Pullman has pointed out, some festivals pay authors nothing, though they scrupulously pay the cleaners who prepare their venues. One festival asked Joanne Harris for unrestricted filming of her event, five free copies of her books and an exclusivity clause forbidding her to speak elsewhere – all for just £50.
We don't think that's right. And we have a plan to do something about it. We're creating events run by authors, at a time and place – and with a theme – of our own choice. Events where authors get to interact with each other, and with truly engaged audiences.
The next event is in London, on 25 June from 10am to 4.30pm. Please join us.