13 writers will provide mentoring for the Representing Wales: Developing Writers of Colour programme cohort.
The Mentors, who are some of the most exciting and high-profile writers in their field, are Ishmahil Blagrove, Malika Booker, Zoë Brigley, Eric Ngalle Charles, Salma el Wardany, Inua Ellams, Mona Eltahawy, Jasleen Kaur, Daniel Morden, Abi Morgan, Alastair Reynolds, Manon Steffan Ros, and Michael Rosen.
The mentors are some of the most exciting and successful names in literature, and each one offers a wealth of accolades, genres, and experiences. From a Welsh Sci-Fi author to a BAFTA-winning screenwriter, to one of Britain’s best loved writers and performance poets for children, the Mentors’ input will have a direct impact on the individual writers’ trajectories and projects, and in turn, on the wider literary sector.
The Mentors were each selected in consultation with the cohort of writers on the programme. Over the course of the year, the Mentors and writers will discuss and develop literary specialisms and genres, as well as share personal experiences of their respective writing journeys. Each pair will meet several times during the year, with sessions covering a range of topics and themes, from editing creative work, to exploring professional opportunities. The sessions are designed to be as bespoke as possible, with each partnership working towards achieving the writers’ individual aims. You can find out more about the programme’s cohort of writers and their aims here.