Oxford Litfest to pay writers

The Oxford Literary Festival has agreed to pay authors who appear at next year’s events an author fee of £150.

A spokesperson for the festival said that it had rebalanced its budgets to ensure that each speaker received the fee.

The move follows a barrage of criticism earlier this year when childrens’ author Philip Pullman resigned as a patron of the festival over its failure to pay the authors that feature on its lineup. Pullman said that “expecting authors to work (because it is work) for nothing is iniquitous, it always has been, and I’ve had enough of it”.

His protest was supported by a number of other writers, including Amanda Craig, Jon McGregor and Linda Grant.

In a statement, the Literary Festival said, “We have conferred with interested parties and, recognising the strength of feeling, have rebalanced our budgets to enable this to happen. We will announce the first of our speakers for the 2017 Festival in the middle of December."


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