Literature Wales wants the literary culture of Wales to truly represent the variety and diversity of the population. There are still substantial differences in equality of opportunity to access and participate in culture, and many writers from low-income backgrounds have faced significant barriers in the literature and publishing industry. Many recent reports, including A Room of My Own by The Royal Society of Literature and Social mobility in the creative economy by the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, have cited that career opportunities in the creative industries are far greater for those from privileged backgrounds. By targeting its support towards those from low-income backgrounds, Literature Wales aims to give individuals who may not have had the financial security to consider a literary career the opportunity to develop their creative practice.
Further reading: Why focus on individuals from low-income backgrounds?
- Literature Wales Strategic Plan (2019-2022)
- A Room of My Own: What writers need to work today, June 2019
- Social mobility in the creative economy: Rebuilding and levelling up?, September 2021
- Getting in and getting on: Class, participation and job quality in the UK’s Creative Industries(August 2020)
- Annual Surveys | Arts Council of Wales, 2019