From The Bookseller:
Author Philip Pullman has resigned as patron of the Oxford Literary Festival in protest at its refusal to pay authors.
He announced his resignation on Twitter, saying: “Because of the Oxford Literary Festival’s attitude to paying speakers (they don’t) I can’t remain as a Patron any longer. I’ve resigned.”
He added: “They never have [paid], and I’ve long tried to persuade them to, but they won’t. Time to go.”
Pullman told The Bookseller he’d been appearing at Oxford Literary Festival for 20 years and had never been paid for speaking at the event. Pullman’s role as president of the Society of Authors, which has been campaigning strongly for authors to be paid at festivals, made it “awkward” for him to continue as patron of the festival, he added.
“…In the early days the Oxford festival was a small-scale and much more informal affair, run on a shoestring,” he said. “In recent years it’s become much larger and grander, putting on an air of being ‘prestigious’ and ‘exclusive’ and flourishing its large array of corporate sponsors. It seems contradictory to me to lay on lavish ‘black tie dinners’ and at the same time claim that it can’t afford to pay speakers.”
He added that he “disapproved very strongly” of the festival’s demand that authors should not speak on the same subject or do any signings within 30 days or 40 miles of the festival event. “That’s equivalent to saying ‘we’re not paying you, and we’re not letting you get paid anywhere else either’,” Pullman said.
Link to the rest at The Bookseller
Here’s a link to the Oxford Literary Festival. PG is pretty certain that some people other than authors are being paid for their work on this event.