We are the regional literature development agency for south west England and a registered charity. Our mission is to support, invest in and advocate for access to literature in all its contexts, for everyone and for all ages. We champion literature's place, growth, relevance and value, now and in the future. We engage people with the social benefits and pleasures of creative writing and reading, working closely with libraries and a wide range of partners. We provide opportunities for writers to develop their craft and support them to sustain a living as writers.
Literature Works covers a very large region, much of which is far removed from metropolitan cultural opportunities and has notoriously poor transport links. It reaches from Gloucestershire down to Land’s End and across to Hampshire. Urban areas in Torbay, Plymouth, Bristol and Somerset fall within the top 25% of the most deprived economic areas in England, and rural areas face the challenges of high unemployment and the fastest growing older population in the country.
Our vision is to support a confident, connected and sustainable literature sector in the South West. We do this through research, strategic intelligence, new projects and partnerships, events, training and mentoring, fundraising, business modelling, evaluation and advocacy. We aim to develop excellent writers, readers and audiences across our demographic and geography, with a view to enriching lives, improving social cohesion and enhancing health and wellbeing.
Registered Office: Literature Works, C/O Peninsula Arts Office, Roland Levinsky Building,
Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL48AA
Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and Wales
Company Registration Number: 06858956 Registered Charity: 1132586.