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

Family reading
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.

ACE impact report in the firing line

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04 Apr 2014

A withering letter signed by senior academics raises serious concerns about the recent ACE review of the impact of the arts and the lack of scholarship and consultation with researchers in the field. 

Writing a different script

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06 Mar 2014

As the Writing Squad recruits its seventh group of talented young authors, Danny Broderick and Steve Dearden explain how their formula breaks down the barriers to writer development.

Writing in a hidden world

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19 Feb 2014

Lucas Stewart reports on the difficulties involved in ‘Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds’, a British Council project in Burma seeking to develop ethnic minority language literature.

More Shakespeare for schools

Will Featherstone on stage as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, part of Globe Education's 'Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank'
08 Aug 2013

Globe Education will extend its free schools ticket scheme as Deutsche Bank commits to a further three years’ support.

A funding fog

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11 Apr 2013

Kate Massey-Chase discusses the impact of personal budgets on participants at CoolTan Arts.


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