11 Writers Selected for A Writing Chance Project
A Writing Chance is co-funded by Actor Michael Sheen and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation with support from the New Statesman and Daily Mirror. The UK-wide initiative is delivered by New Writing North and research from Northumbria University, and supported by several literature agencies. Literature Wales is pleased to have supported this programme to reach aspiring writers across Wales.
Michael Sheen has called on the media industry to create options and opportunities for aspiring writers and journalists from lower income and under-represented backgrounds.
The project is designed to discover new talent, support new writers, and prise open an industry which remains difficult to access.
Through the project’s research strand led by Northumbria University, it also seeks to better understand the barriers to success faced by aspiring writers from a broad range of backgrounds who are under-represented in the industry and to empower publishers and editors to make space for a greater range of experiences and perspectives on their pages.
Eleven writers were selected for A Writing Chance from 750 applicants. They will each receive one-to-one mentoring with an established writer or journalist, a £1500 bursary, insight days with media partners, and publication or broadcast of their work.
The project was instigated by Sheen inspired by the successful Common People anthology of working-class writers in 2019, which profiled and supported new writers alongside established names and which created debate within the publishing industry about representation.
The writers selected for A Writing Chance are:
Mayo Agard-Olubo, based in London
Tammie Ash, based in Bradford
David Clancy, based in Ulverston
Jacqueline Houston, based in Glasgow
Maya Jordan, based in Newtown
Anna Maxwell, based in Lancaster
Tom Newlands, based in London
Grace Quantock, based in Pontypool
Elias Suhail, based in Folkestone
Stephen Tuffin, based in Swindon
Becka White, based in London
For further information about the project, visit the New Writing North website.