March 8, 2019

We are delighted to announce the seven recipients of the 2019 RSL Literature Matters Awards. The Awards aim to enable literary excellence and innovation, providing writers with financial support to undertake a new literary project. The judges this year are Menna Elfyn, Abdulrazak Gurnah (chair), Barney Norris.

£3,000 – Will Eaves and Sophie Scott -The Neuromantics
A monthly podcast of discussion and readings on the intersection of literature and neuroscience.

£3,500 – Rosemary Harris – Word Bridges
A series of creative writing workshops for young refugee and migrant participants, culminating in a live reading/performance.

£2,000 – Mab Jones – At the City’s Edge: The Wetlands of Wales
A podcast of poems, stories and sound art to explore the importance of the Welsh wetlands, which are now under threat.

£4,000 – Winnie M Li and Clare Shaw – Clear Lines: Writing About Trauma and Gender-Based Violence
A touring event of author readings, writing workshops and panel discussions,focusing on trauma and gender-based violence in novels, poetry, memoir, plays, and graphic literature.

£2,500 – Gregory McCartney – A Magazine for Revolution? An exploration of the Honest Ulsterman magazine
A print and online publication exploring different facets of the Northern Irish poetry magazine Honest Ulsterman magazine since its inception in 1968, inviting readers, writers, artists, editors and historians to compose a series of essays exploring the Honest Ulsterman and its context throughout its history.

£2,000 – Sian Northey – Food Bank Stories/Straeon y Banc Bwyd
Creation of a collection of short stories, in both Welsh and English, based on a residency at a food bank using techniques borrowed from verbatim theatre.

£3,000 – Alycia Pirmohamed and Jay G. Ying – Scottish BAME Writers’ Group & Showcase
A series of writing workshops and two masterclasses for BAME writers in Scotland, culminating in a showcase event at the Scottish Poetry Library, where a pamphlet of work will be distributed. Building a network for writers of colour who are often isolated and under-represented in the literary community.

Please read the press release for more information.