Author Pay Conflict Heats Up in Britain


The row between authors and the literary festivals that don’t pay escalated last week when Philip Pullman resigned from the Oxford Literary Festival. Pullman also serves as the president to the British Society of Authors, a group that has been lobbying to earn authors money for making appearances. The Oxford Literary Festival is a twenty-year-old non-profit festival.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →