Arts Council England considers new funding stream for fiction

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09 Jan 2018

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.

Bristol and Manchester named UNESCO Creative Cities

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03 Nov 2017

The cities join a 180-strong network, which already features ten UK cities including Bradford and Glasgow.

How I reacted to… a change in the funding climate

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30 Oct 2017

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.

Damning review of Welsh literature agency slammed by Arts Council

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14 Jul 2017

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.

A perfect match

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02 Jul 2017

When her circus arts company was invited to perform in a library, Camille Bensoussan feared there would be endless health and safety meetings.

How to… help writers break through

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21 Apr 2017

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.

Library funding misses the point, authors claim

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24 Mar 2017

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. 

Protecting creative efforts

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22 Mar 2017

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.

When the clocks turned back

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05 Jan 2017

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.

ACE picks up £10.8m book gifting bill from the Department for Education

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06 May 2016

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. 

Reading for Europe

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28 Apr 2016

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.

Job ladder – Bryan Savery

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31 Mar 2016

From Tamasha Theatre Company to the Free Word Centre, Bryan Savery traces the course of his career. 

A festival for all the senses

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02 Dec 2015

When Torbay’s annual Agatha Christie Week was expanded into a major literature festival things took an unexpected turn. Anna Farthing investigates.

The word’s the thing

28 Sep 2015

How can literature and publishing thrive in the wake of Creative Scotland's review of the cultural sector, asks Andrew Ormston.

New support for Scottish writing

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28 Aug 2015

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.

Thriving in an unequal world

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09 Jul 2015

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.

The arts effect

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18 Jun 2015

Do arts projects in schools boost pupils’ health and wellbeing? Ros McLellan finds the current evidence positive, but says more persuasive research is needed.

Children’s literature centre gets funding go-ahead

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03 Oct 2014

Restoration of the house and garden that inspired ‘Peter Pan’ will provide a new home for children’s literature in Scotland.

A very grand departure

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06 May 2014

Pat Cochrane describes how Cape UK has produced educational resources for the Yorkshire Festival, part of the Tour de France’s Grand Départ.

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