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A Room of My Own – what writers need to work today, June 2019

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This report from the Royal Society of Literature reveals that only 5% of writers earn the income Virginia Woolf once argued a writer needs to work. This was £500 a year in her day, now equivalent to just over £30,000. The survey also found that of 2,000+ writers who responded, 25% identified as working class, but only made up 11% of the highest earners and while 52% have freelance, temporary or part-time paid employment; 20% are in full-time paid employment.

Read more of the eye-opening findings in the full report.

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