About us

As our 2020 Weekend has had to be cancelled, we are holding a ‘digital’ weekend. Click on the 2020 AGM weekend tab above to find out what is happening.

The Alliance of Literary Societies is the umbrella organisation for literary societies and groups in the UK. We were formed in 1973 and currently have around 125 members. Our president is Claire Harman.

We provide support and advice on a variety of literary subjects, as well as promoting cooperation between member societies. Each year we have a weekend event hosted by a different member society.

Are you a literary society or group interested in becoming a member? Visit the ALS Membership page to find out more. If you are an individual looking for a literary society/group to join, then take a look through our Member Societies on the page links to the right (or scroll down to the links if you are using a mobile).

In the current climate of Coronavirus and Lockdown, why not look at our member society listings (accessed via the alphabet links in the right hand column) for ideas for ‘new’ writers that might interest you. You can still order books on the Internet. Abe Books are particularly good for second hand books!

Visit the Events page for information about this year’s Hay Festival – which has gone digital, with free talks!