Craft Representatives

Piers Beckley

Piers Beckley

Chair of the Editorial & Communications Committee

“I joined the Writers’ Guild as a means to avoid hard work. There are things that need to be done, but that aren’t necessarily best done by me. Checking contracts. Enforcing missed payments. Lobbying Parliament on behalf of writers. Sorting out a very decent pension, and making sure that employers pay into it. Negotiating minimum rates with television and film and theatre producers. Making sure that there’s a welfare safety net for writers who have fallen on hard times. And while I need all of these things to be done, I selfishly would rather have them done by people who are better at it than I would be, and keep that time, effort, and money for myself. The Guild is a massive aid and resource for writers in good times and bad. Unfortunately for me, it’s proved so helpful that I felt that I had to pay something back – which is why I ended up joining the Executive Council. Oops. The Guild does a tremendous job across the country working for writers at all stages of their careers, and I’m proud to be a small part of that.”

Photo: Will Green