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Literature Wales Launches New Funding Scheme for Under-represented Writers

Literature Wales has announced a brand new funding scheme for Wales-based writers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and writers with a disability or illness (mental or physical).

Platforming Under-represented Writers is a pilot funding scheme offering grants of between £50-£1000 for a professional development opportunity within literature. The scheme aims to encourage writers from under-represented backgrounds to develop their professional and artistic potential and to create opportunities to kick-start or advance their career.

Literature Wales is the national company for the development of literature. The organisation’s new Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 outlines Representation and Equality as one of its main tactical priorities. Literature Wales stated its commitment to increasing diversity within the literature sector, and will continue to advocate the importance of opportunities for writers of all abilities and backgrounds.

Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales said:” Literature is deeply rooted in the notion of freedom of expression. However, true freedom requires equality of opportunity and fair representation. Working with partners, we will do more to foster representative diversity within the literature sector. Wales’ writers should comprise a range of ages, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, regions and languages. This isn’t about excluding anyone. It is about creating equal and fair access to artistic innovation and professional development.”

Writers can apply by submitting ideas to support a professional development opportunity of their choice. These could include: attending a conference or event; shadowing an established writer for training purposes; development costs for a new way of working; or delivering a series of community-based workshops.    

Applications are welcomed from Wales-based writers working across all literary forms, from poetry and prose, to spoken word, rap, and graphic novels.

Deadline for applications: 5.00 pm on Wednesday 21 August 2019.

For more information, including eligibility criteria and full details of how to apply, visit the Literature Wales website: www.literaturewales.org