Platforming Under-represented Writers
Offering the right support at the right time to empower and nurture new voices to create a culture of risk-taking and artist innovation.
Platforming Under-represented Writers is a project that offers writers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and writers with a disability or illness (mental or physical) grants of up to £1,000 to develop their professional and artistic potential to create opportunities to kick-start or advance their career.
The scheme puts an emphasis on freedom to nurture a sense of empowerment and self-determination for writers to deliver ambitious projects unique to their own vision. With this in mind, we also work alongside the writers in the development phases of their project to offer support throughout the programme.
Wales defines itself as a nation of story and song, and literature is regarded as a cornerstone of Welsh identity. Platforming Under-represented Writers is designed to have a long-term impact by increasing the representation and inclusion in our sector whilst influencing the wider cultural narratives of Wales.
Our Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 outlines Representation and Equality as one of Literature Wales’ main priorities. We believe that every person, regardless of their background, should feel included and free to navigate, contribute and take ownership of the literature scene in Wales.
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.”
8 successful writers have been awarded funding for a professional development activity. Discover more about their projects below and keep up to date with their journeys by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.