Oxford Lit Fest Will Consider Paying Authors


Last week, Philip Pullman pulled out of the Oxford Literary Festival because the event does not pay authors. Now, Oxford, at least, is saying that it will consider paying all speakers for its 2017 event. This will be a challenge, as the festival is a non-profit and actually reported a £18,000 loss in 2014, the last year for which figures were available. According to the festival, it would need to raise an additional 15 percent, or £75,000 to pay authors.

Kelly Lynn Thomas reads, writes, and sometimes sews in Pittsburgh, PA. Her creative work has appeared in Sou’wester, Thin Air Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, metazen, and others, and she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. She is hopelessly obsessed with Star Wars and can always be found with a large mug of tea. She also runs the very small Wild Age Press. Read more at kellylynnthomas.com. More from this author →