We want the literary culture of Wales to truly represent the variety and diversity of our population. We will continue our focus on developing and platforming people who are under-represented and who have experienced historical and structural inequalities, racism, ableism, and discrimination.
We have adopted a proactive approach to creating change within the sector. During 2020 we revised and remodelled our Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme to develop Representing Wales, our new 12-month writer development programme which includes a financial award and mentoring sessions. The first edition of the programme focused on writers of colour. The second edition is focusing on writers from low-income backgrounds, of which many will face intersecting challenges due to, but not limited to, their ethnicity, disability, sexuality, gender identity, age and religious beliefs. There is an annual deadline for applications for this programme.
Our Representing Wales programme is an important development for Literature Wales, as we aim to diversify Wales’ literary landscape and help ensure fair and equal access to the sector.
Achieving equality and a better ecosystem of under-represented voices who will inspire others is a long-term process, but we’re focusing our efforts on making systemic change and our commitment to this work as a priority will be ongoing.
When can I next apply for a Writer Development opportunity?
There is an annual deadline for applications for our Representing Wales professional development programme. Applications for the second edition of Representing Wales will open during autumn 2021. The programme will begin in March 2022 and run until the end of February 2023.
Application forms and guidelines for the second edition of Representing Wales will be available to download from Literature Wales’ website during autumn 2021. Further details will be announced on the Literature Wales website, in the Literature Wales e-newsletter and on our social media channels in due course.
Details of our various opportunities for writers will be announced on Literature Wales’ website and on our social media channels: