19 August 2011
Posted in Books and Poetry
Off The Shelf at Black's is a new literature collaboration between Black's members club and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Books Committee. It’s a series of monthly, one day residencies for fiction writers that are held on the last Monday of the month.This autumn they are:
- 26th September - Lindsay Clarke (The Water Theatre and Whitbread winner for The Chymical Wedding) www.fictionuncovered.co.uk
- 31st October - Jemima Hunt (The Late Arrival and director of The Writers Practice)
- 28th November - Jake Wallis Simons (The English German Girl) www.fictionuncovered.co.uk
- 19th December - Richard Bradbury (Riversmeet - a biography of Frederick Douglass, escaped slave and anti slavery campaigner). Supported by actor Nick Bailey who played Douglass in Become a Man, the play commissioned by the GLA for the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery. www.muswell-press.co.uk
This is an opportunity for established authors to receive mature critical feedback and for the audience to get some guidance too. Cost for each day is £25 (£20 to Writers' Guild members). This includes coffee, bread and olives, two - course lunch, and all day and evening membership of Blacks. You will also get automatic reference if you want club membership.
But hurry, there are only 23 places and it is an incredible bargain.
31 August 2011
Posted in Radio
The Writers’ Guild has agreed increases of 2 per cent in the minimum fees for BBC radio writing – in line with the salary increase for lower-paid BBC staff.
The new rates (pdf), which took effect from 1 August 2011, bring the key rate for writing original radio drama to £89.05 per minute, or £5,343 for a one-hour play (two transmissions), and £892.50 per episode for The Archers. Our agreement with the BBC provides a sliding scale for other types of drama: pre-existing format 90% (£80.15 per minute); dramatisations 85%, 75% or 65% (£75.69, £66.79 or £57.88 per minute) depending on extent of work required; semi-dramatised narrations 55% (£48.98 per minute).
Minimum rates for short stories and abridgements are also increased. The attendance payment remains at £60. The rates were agreed in negotiations between the BBC, the Guild, the Society of Authors and the agents’ trade body the PMA.
Guild General Secretary Bernie Corbett commented: “With the BBC agonising over yet more cuts, we must be grateful for even a small increase in writers’ fees, even though it is below inflation. But it is worrying that the number of plays commissioned is declining year by year, and Radio 4 is axing at least a third of its short stories. The Guild will continue to fight all such cuts.”
Higher minimum rates for BBC Radio Features and Talks Contributions (pdf) have also been agreed.