Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme Awardee

So I’ve neglected my site a bit of late. I will be better (140 characters is just so much easier) but, the latest big news that should really be recorded here (especially when saying it still sounds surreal. Re-typing helps) is that I am very proud, flattered, and excited to have been awarded a place on the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2015/16.
I have just returned from a weeks masterclass at the stunning Totleigh Barton, and I cannot calcify how much that week meant, how much it moved my writing, and how incredible it is to be working with and learning from Caroline Bird. For a year. A whole year…  Nope, still not yet quite sunk.

The Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2015/16

We are delighted to announce that nine writers have been selected for the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2015/16. This year’s poets, novelists and playwrights were chosen from nearly 200 applicants, and will be supported for one year by three successful and established writers – poet Caroline Bird, playwright Tanika Gupta and novelist Ross Raisin.

Selected for this year on the scheme are:

Poetry: Rachel Long, Emma Simon and Hilary Watson

Fiction: Gill Darling, Carol Farrelly and Ruth Gladwin

Playwriting: Annette Brook, Charlotte Coates and Sarah Mulholland

Over the course of the year participants benefit from dedicated support and guidance with their writing, two residential weeks at an Arvon centre, additional industry advice, and the opportunity to expand their practice as part of a new media writing project. The nine writers’ development over the year will culminate in an edited anthology of works and a live showcase at the Free Word Centre in London. Each place on the scheme is fully supported.

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