Representing Wales is a 12-month programme from Literature Wales which provides development opportunities for writers from low-income backgrounds.

Llenyddiaeth Cymru | Literature Wales

Aimed at writers from low-income backgrounds who live in Wales, this year-long programme will offer cash funding of up to £3,500 to help the writers to focus on their writing careers. During the year, they will receive one-to-one mentoring sessions, talks and workshops by successful writers, networking opportunities online and in festivals and many more opportunities to develop their writing and knowledge of the literature and publishing scene in Wales and beyond.

Representing Wales is funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales. 

This second round of Representing Wales follows this year’s successful inaugural programme, aimed at writers of colour. This year’s cohort has received training from writers including Roger Robinson, Kit de Waal, Charlotte Williams, Michael Rosen and Raymond Antrobus. The writers are selected by an independent panel of five experts from low-income backgrounds: Tanya Byrne (Chair), Connor Allen, Iola Ynyr, Emma Smith-Barton, and Niall Griffiths. 

Literature Wales feels passionate about working towards a representative sector which reflects the diversity of Wales, but we need help from partners and stakeholders to reach new audiences, specifically writers from low-income backgrounds who are people of colour, Welsh-speakers, those belonging to the LGBTQ+ community, and those living with illnesses or disabilities. We are keen to receive applications from all parts of Wales, including rural areas and those in west, mid and north Wales.    

The closing date is Tuesday 14 December 2021. 

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