We are delighted to announce the seven recipients of the RSL Literature Matters Awards 2020. The Awards aim to enable literary excellence and innovation, providing writers with financial support to undertake a new literary project. This year’s judges are Tessa Hadley, David Morley and Roy Williams.
£3,000 – Charlotte Ansell and Janett Plummer – Chosen
Writing workshops, performance and pamphlet for Generation Z adopted young people.
£3,000 – Alison Armstrong – The Lost Voices of Morecambe Winter Gardens
A play based on the real and fictional voices of characters that have worked and performed at Morecambe Winter Gardens. To be performed at the semi-derelict theatre.
£2,000 – Zillah Bowes and Jonathan Edwards – Night Riders
Documenting the experiences of passengers on the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff train line in a series of poems.
£3,800 – Judith Bryan and Carol Russell – Raised Voices: recovering the voices and vision of black women playwrights over 45
A series of public script-in-hand play-readings at the Young Vic, showcasing new writing by black women playwrights over 45.
£2,700 – Eva Edo – A Mother’s Courage
A play project inspired by the testimonials of mothers whose sons have been victims, perpetrators and survivors of youth violent crime and incarceration, and what it means raise sons of colour in British society today.
£2,500 – Jennifer Johnstone and Annie MacDonald – Radical Mountain Women
A podcast series exploring the beauty, strength and resilience of the relationship between women and the environment in rural Scotland. It will be published on the established podcast Stories of Scotland.
£3,000 – Rebecca Sharp – Rough currency: the poetics of oil and the imagination
A hybrid poetic text for publication, exploring the imaginative properties of crude oil and its role in the world of ideas.
Related RSL Fellows
£20,000 awarded annually for literature projects that seek to extend the reach of literature or demonstrate its impact in society.