A Bristol arts centre is seeking working-class writers to apply for a writer in residence position.
The Knowle West Media Centre and the Working-Class Writers Festival, ClassFest, are welcoming applications from writers, storytellers, scriptwriters, poets, spoken word and other artists from working-class communities.
The residency role, funded by Arts Council England, will require the chosen writer to respond to the needs and interests of working-class communities in Knowle West through workshops and other creative activities.
Knowle West Media Centre’s arts programme manager, Martha King, said: “During this period of social-distancing and emerging from lockdowns we, like many other events organisers, are being responsive and flexible with programming.
“We hope to respond to this challenge creatively, exploring ways that residencies and engagement might be held in hybrid, and digital ways.
“We look forward to seeing responses to this in applications. We would accept proposals to be ‘in residence’ virtually if you are not able to come to Knowle West in person.”
Festival artistic director Natasha Carthew said: ’I am delighted that the Working-Class Writers Festival is teaming up with the Knowle West Media Centre to commission a Writer in Residence in Bristol for 2021.”
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“There are many ways that a writer in residence can impact on their community; forging links with the public and fellow writers, promoting creative development at the heart of the community and by fostering cultural engagement that responds to the immediate needs and interests of all its people, with the brilliant KWMC at the helm, I know this will have significant benefits for future generations.”
The Working-Class Writers Festival, ClassFest, which runs from Friday, October 22 until Sunday, October 24, will showcase working-class writers of all styles and disciplines and provide a platform for those who are already established and those making their debut.
The line-up so far includes: Stella Duffy, Val McDermid, Paul Mendez, Mohsin Zaidi, Tracy King, Graham Caveney, Mahsuda Snaith, Kerry Hudson, Sam Friedman, Lorraine Brown, Mark Hodkinson, Juno Roche, Justin Myers, Patrice Lawrence, Tony Walsh, Cash Carraway, Courttia Newland, Dave O’Brian, Tanya Shadwick, Mona Arshi, Simon Kvosi, Mary O’Hara, Joelle Taylor, Amer Anwar, Jessica Andrews, James McDermott, Sharon Duggal and Cole Moreton.
The deadline for applications is 6pm on Wednesday, September 22. For full application details visit the Bristol Ideas website.