Awards

The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Run by Creative Lives, the Awards are free to enter and open to any group or project based in the UK and Ireland. This year, we looked for groups and projects that showed resilience and imagination during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and carried on being creative. 

Cast your vote in the People's Choice Award

A total of 31 creative groups have been shortlisted for this year's Creative Lives Awards. You can read about them here and vote for your favourite! The People's Choice Award voting is open until 31 January 2022. Vote now.

Winners

Judging panels from each nation will choose a winner for England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Members of the public can also vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Awards - and the shortlisted groups themselves will vote for each other in the Peer Award For Excellence.

Winners will receive an award, framed certificate, cash prize and free access to all of Creative Lives’ future ‘Creative Learning’ online training sessions. Previous applicants have also found that being shortlisted for, or winning, a Creative Lives Awards has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile.

Here’s what one previous winner had to say: 

It was wonderful to feel that recognition and it really did spread the word about us, almost overnight. It really gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

Reading playwrights

Launched in September 2019, Reading Playwrights offered new and amateur playwrights in Reading and the surrounding areas an opportunity to develop their writing practice, by having their work performed and receiving audience feedback.

This volunteer-led group believes playwriting should be accessible for everyone, regardless of age, income, ethnicity, or any other factor. The group was designed both to develop attendees who might want to pursue playwriting professionally and to support amateur writers to encourage and express their creativity, and during the pandemic they have found a number of ways to stay connected, learn new skills and share their work.

"Creative writing is an important activity in its own right. One that fosters better mental health, improves communication skills, builds confidence and imagination, and is also just downright fun!" Emily Goode, Reading Playwrights

Learn more about Reading Playwrights

Website www.progresstheatre.co.uk/writing 

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