We want to create a literary culture that truly represents the variety and diversity of our population in Wales. We will continue our focus on developing and platforming people who are under-represented and who have experienced historical and structural inequalities, racism, ableism, and discrimination. People who currently don’t see themselves in the literature they read and hear should be able to see writers with similar lived experiences in published books, in performed work, as community champions, as workshops leaders, creative writing tutors, and laureates.
Achieving representation and equality is a long-term process and our commitment to this work as a priority will be ongoing. Achieving a better ecosystem of under-represented voices who will inspire others will take time, but we’re committed to making systemic change.
Our flagship Representing Wales: Developing Writers Programme will continue to evolve. Each year, we will invest in a cohort from a priority group, who identify with a particular under-represented characteristic (and often with more than one) and provide a bespoke development programme to realise the aims and dreams of the writers. This will create a pipeline of unique, diverse Welsh talent to represent our literary scene at home and internationally. Our involvement with the writers will not conclude at the end of the year-long project, we will continue to offer support to our Representing Wales writers for years to come and champion them as ambassadors for Literature Wales, as well as literature from Wales. The first edition of the Representing Wales programme focused on writers of colour. The second edition of the Representing Wales programme is focusing on writers from low-income backgrounds, of which many will face intersecting challenges due to, but not limited to, their ethnicity, disability, sexuality, gender identity, age, and religious beliefs.