We are committed to helping to nurture a literary culture that truly represents the diversity of our population in Wales.
This year, we will be welcoming applications from Wales-based writers who come from under-represented backgrounds. We are particularly looking to support writers who identify as one or several of the following:
– Deaf and/or hard of hearing
–From a low-income background*
*Our criteria for low-income background include individuals who were eligible for free school meals or whose parents were in low-paid jobs, unemployed, or receiving benefits (including disability allowances) when applicants were 14 years old. Raw socio-economic data (incl. SEC assessment and self-assessment) is collected from applicants to determine eligibility for this programme.
-Belonging to the Gypsy, Roma and/or Traveller communities
*This includes, but is not limited to: Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tourette Syndrome and OCD.
– Individuals from Black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds
– Individuals who identify as disabled or who have a long-term health condition
* i.e., has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months and has an adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
We appreciate that there are other individuals and communities without adequate representation in the literature sector, and there will be writers who don’t identify with the categories above. There will be an opportunity for applicants to explain in their own words why they believe they are eligible to apply.
Applicants must be over the age of 18 and must be resident in Wales at the time of application and throughout the 12-month programme.