Literature Wales’ Writers on Tour funding scheme is the UK’s oldest and most unique funding scheme for literature events. The scheme offers financial support of up to 50% towards writers’ fees of appropriate literature events only. Other costs (travel expenses, production, venue hire, marketing etc.) are not eligible for consideration. The events must be concerned with the practice, promotion, appreciation or development of creative writing or creative use of language and literature, such as workshops, lectures, readings, conferences.
Please read through the Funding for Events pages carefully before making an application.
1. Choose a writer and event type / theme
Selected writer(s) must have a demonstrable literary track-record and be an appropriate choice for the proposed event(s). If the writer(s) selected is not known to Literature Wales, the organiser must provide sufficient information about the writer (such as CV, references, samples of published material) upon request. Literature Wales will consider applications for any writer with the appropriate credentials. Literature Wales staff can offer advice and assistance with your choice of writer(s) for particular events.
2. Book the writer
Confirm with the writer the date and venue for your event.
Ensure that your event (and organisation) is eligible for Writers on Tour funding (please refer to our terms and conditions/eligibility criteria). If you are organising a programme or project which stretches over a longer period of time, contact Literature Wales by phoning 01766 522 811 to discuss your application.
4. Apply for funding
Applications must be made using the online application form, or a downloaded PDF of the application form which can be submitted by post or email. All applications need to reach Literature Wales by the appropriate closing date for your event, as noted in the table below. Funding will not be granted to applications which arrive after the closing date. If you have difficulty accessing the application form electronically, you may contact us to request a printed copy to be sent to you by post.
Important: Under no circumstances can Literature Wales offer funding for events retrospectively.
Timetable of closing dates for applications – 2019/20
Closing date: Your event date:
30th November 2019 Between 1 and 29 February 2020
31st December 2019 Between 1 and 31 March 2020
31st January 2020 Between 1 and 30 April 2020
29th February 2020 Between 1 and 31 May 2020
28th March 2020 Between 1 and 30 June 2020
- Schools and events for Children and Young People – You can apply for funding towards events for children and young people up to 30 days before the event takes place. Your application will be considered after the next deadline following receipt of your application.
- Due to high demand for Writers on Tour funding, please be advised that we will prioritise applications from organisations who haven’t received funding during the 2018-19 financial year.
Literature Wales will respond to your application within nine working days after the closing date to which you apply. If you do not hear from us within this time, please contact Literature Wales to ensure that we have received your application. It is the organiser’s responsibility to ensure that their application reaches us on time – Literature Wales cannot be held responsible for applications which fail to reach us successfully.
If your application is successful, we will send out confirmation of our offer by post or email within nine working days after the closing date. If we are unable to offer support, we will inform you as soon as possible. In the first instance, contact will be made by email so please ensure that the email address you supply is correct and that your inbox is checked regularly.
7. Acknowledge Literature Wales support
If your application is successful, you must actively acknowledge Literature Wales’ support in all publicity prior to your event, as well as in person at your event. See the Terms & Conditions for details of how to correctly acknowledge funding.
8. Paying writers
Paying writers in full on the day of the event is a core condition of our funding offers. Failure to do so may jeopardise the success of future applications.
9. Claiming funding
You must claim your Writers on Tour funding within 2 months of your event taking place, by completing and returning the Event Report Form which was sent to you with your offer. Funding will be paid directly to the event organiser once we have received this form. Literature Wales reserves the right to withdraw the offer if it has not been claimed within 2 months of the event(s) taking place. It is the organiser’s responsibility to ensure that their Event Report Form reaches us within this time.