These are bodies which act in the interests of authors particularly in the face of commercial and 'educational' organisations asserting 'democratic'
and 'altruistic' principles so that they can make commercial unpaid
gains out of writers. Sometimes even enthusiastic pirates may not be doing the author the favour they think they are.
The Authors' Licensing and Collecting
Society If you have poems and articles in magazines and anthologies then you may well be
eligible for the annual payout based on photocopying clearance. You don't have to be a member to benefit.
Public Lending Right If you have published a book you can register it with PLR and if their annual survey
detects it has been loaned in the public library system then you will receive a small payment. Authors who have been publishing for some time find that this is especially good for
out of print books because they are still, of course, loaned.
Scottish Writers Centre Aiming to create "a social arena where writers
can meet and share ideas and experiences and a facility providing basic services for writers - dedicated
performance and workshop space, writing pods, cafe, writer's flat and bookshop."
Society of Authors A membership organisation that can help on
business and legal aspects of writing and represents authors' interest within the commercial publishing world.
Richard Price's work can be found in all the following:
The British Library Exceptional
collections of UK poetry from the very earliest times to the day before
tomorrow: manuscript, print, and sound - and much more than the UK, too. Price
has been known to frequent this building.