Writers – to pay them or not?

Below is a short extract from a piece in the Observer by Robert McCrum, commenting on the earning power of writers:

” Earnings are down and contracts scarce, putting careers in crisis and livlihoods at risk. In 2013 the median income of the professional writer was about £11.000, well below the £16.850 which the Joseph Rowntree Foundation considers a minimum standard of living.”

Having just done my annual accounts, I have to agree.

McCrum goes on to comment that some literary festivals in the UK are not always as generous as they might be when paying contributing writers. Pity. Writers have bills to pay like everyone else.


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