Literature Works announces today six awards from its newly re-opened Annual Fund. The grants support grassroots projects around the South West of England that bring the enjoyment of words and reading directly to local groups and communities.

Helen Chaloner, CEO of Literature Works, said today,

“Our Annual Fund grants are a great way of bringing the enjoyment of stories and writing to more people. They help socially engaged local groups to get new projects going. This year, our Annual Fund is particularly supporting projects that reach children and young people. Engaging with stories, words and books at a young age is not only fun, but has a fantastically positive impact in many ways.”

The Annual Fund awards announced today are to –

West Howe Community Enterprises in Bournemouth for ‘Letters to Myself’, an inter-generational creative writing project for local residents, working specifically with young carers. Through workshops and one-to-one sessions, participants will explore creative writing through the drafting and editing of letters to their future or past selves.

St Austell Library, Bristol Libraries and Somerset Libraries for ‘Tales of Mischief and Mayhem’, a series of storytelling sessions for children with international storyteller, Cassandra Wye. The sessions tie in with this year’s libraries’ ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ which is themed around the Beano and mischief.

Misfits Theatre Company in Bristol for ‘Caged Poets’, a series of 12 weekly poetry sessions run by a professional creative writer and an illustrator. Through the workshops, this group led by people with learning difficulties will explore self-expression and produce their own poetry.

Excite Poetry Festival in Exeter, a reading in memory of Alex Cluness, one of the founders of the festival and influential figure in literature development in the south west. The noted poets Rachael Boast and Fiona Benson will read from their own work, as well as reading some of Alex’s work.

The Literature Works Annual Fund is a small grants scheme that aims to identify and support opportunities to develop reading and writing activity in the South West of England. Find out more about previously funded activities here. The Fund offers awards of £100-£500 to help communities get involved in reading and writing and to celebrate writing talent in the South West, particularly in areas where funds might be otherwise hard to find.

Round two of the Literature Works Annual Fund for 2018 is now open for submissions, closing on 21st December 2018. Full information can be found at our website