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The national funder is concerned by low income for writers and a lack of diversity in the sector, and has pledged more support for authors, publishers and independent bookshops.
The cities join a 180-strong network, which already features ten UK cities including Bradford and Glasgow.
When project funding slowed after the financial crash, Jaybird Live Literature was unable to put on the technically complex poetry shows it was known for. Julia Bird explains how it adapted its work to stay in business.
Literature Wales was stunned by the review, which recommended stripping the body of its main responsibilities and handing them over to the government-sponsored Books Council.
When her circus arts company was invited to perform in a library, Camille Bensoussan feared there would be endless health and safety meetings.
What should people working in the arts do to support writers in their early years? Steve Dearden, co-founder of the The Writing Squad, offers his thoughts.
Arts Council England funding for projects to tackle disadvantage is accused of being “window dressing” in the context of local authority cuts and library closures.
How can we make sure that authors are paid fairly in times of technological change? Luke Alcott discusses the steps that are being taken to protect their rights.
Model skeletons, cubed earwax and mentoring young writers – all in a week’s work for Ministry of Stories’ Oz Yikici.
A storytelling project that invited young people to challenge the traditional role of libraries culminated in midnight performances viewed by online audiences worldwide. Ju Row Farr describes the fun.
A £5.4m-a-year grant to give away packs of free books to all children in England places the Book Trust among Arts Council England’s top ten Grant in Aid beneficiaries.
It is not trade that binds Europe together, it’s culture, argues Eric Lane. He explains how a reading campaign is engaging with the EU referendum debate.
From Tamasha Theatre Company to the Free Word Centre, Bryan Savery traces the course of his career.
When Torbay’s annual Agatha Christie Week was expanded into a major literature festival things took an unexpected turn. Anna Farthing investigates.
How can literature and publishing thrive in the wake of Creative Scotland's review of the cultural sector, asks Andrew Ormston.
Following a review of the literature and publishing sector, Creative Scotland is supporting new schemes to promote Scottish writers internationally and to develop young writers.
Being a young, female leader in the arts is a novelty - one Isobel Colchester has come to realise she must explore and celebrate, if she is to help challenge gender inequalities.
Do arts projects in schools boost pupils’ health and wellbeing? Ros McLellan finds the current evidence positive, but says more persuasive research is needed.
Restoration of the house and garden that inspired ‘Peter Pan’ will provide a new home for children’s literature in Scotland.
Pat Cochrane describes how Cape UK has produced educational resources for the Yorkshire Festival, part of the Tour de France’s Grand Départ.