From The Bookseller:
The Oxford Literary Festival has said that, following the next festival in April, it will “meet with all interested parties to discuss how to achieve payment of fees for all speakers” from 2017.
The move comes after Philip Pullman stepped down as patron of the event in protest at the festival’s failure to pay authors for appearances. Many more authors have joined a call for a boycott of literary festivals which do not pay their speakers.
In a statement, the Oxford Literary Festival said it “recognises and understands the strength of feeling in the literary community regarding the payment of speaker fees to authors and writers and we are sympathetic to this cause.”
It went on: “The Festival’s aim has always been to showcase as wide a variety of writers and their work as possible. Each year, as well as famous and successful writers from Britain and overseas, more than half of the speakers at the Festival are lesser known writers or those starting out on their literary careers. Our ethos has been to support them all.”
The festival went on to explain that “notwithstanding the grandeur of our setting and scale of our vision”, it is a registered charity that receives no taxpayers’ or public funding, and has no full-time staff.
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