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The 2021 ALS AGM will take place on Zoom on Saturday 22 May, at 2pm. You must register to attend via allianceoflitsocs@gmail.com.  The AGM papers are on the ALS AGMS page of this website.

The weekend in Highgate with the Hopkins and Betjeman Societies has been postponed to 1 to 3 October. Details will appear on the AGM pages on this website.

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Could you imagine your favourite author in lockdown and, like the rest of us, champing at the bit for our old, taken-for-granted freedoms? 

We are now soliciting parodies for a very special edition of ALSo to appear in summer 2021.  You could wander the moors with a Brontë, socially isolate with Johnson in London, wonder when the pubs will re-open with Dylan Thomas (or many others!) or escape from it all in Wonderland or Middle Earth.

Prose parodies should be no longer than 1,000 words; poetry, 50 lines.  Submissions to Robin Healey (r.healey709@btinternet.com), editor, by 1 May, please.

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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!