Literature Works announces today five awards from its Annual Fund, which reopened in 2018.  The grants support grassroots projects around the South West of England that bring the enjoyment of words and story directly to local groups and communities.  The awards of £100-£500 help community groups get new creative projects off the ground, particularly in areas where funding might be otherwise hard to find. Find out more about previously funded activities here.

Helen Chaloner, CEO of Literature Works, said today, “We’re so delighted to be making a second round of awards from the re-launched Literature Works Annual Fund.  The grants this time are funding interactive storytelling in a school, two festivals, our regular collaborators at KEAP (Kernow Education Arts Partnership) and a project in Cornwall inspired by the legacy of W S Graham, a poet whose centenary we have been helping to celebrate this past year.  All of these are grassroots projects, bringing the great pleasures of reading, writing and story to local people. ”

The Annual Fund awards announced today are to –

Bowlish Infant School, Shepton Mallet Somerset for ‘Creating our Play-Ground’, two creative workshop sessions led by a professional writer/ storyteller to give pupils an understanding of plotting, scene creation and taking stories from page to stage.

Chagword Festival in Devon for ‘Creative Writing Blitz’, a programme of workshops as part of Chagword’s Children’s BookFest. Writer Claire Barker will work with children to encourage imaginative story making. This work will continue in the classroom and link to the wider curriculum.

Fowey Festival in Cornwall to place writers and artists in schools, a series of workshops led by professional writers and artists and hosted by primary and secondary schools for children aged 5 -16 as part of the festival programme.

Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEAP) in Cornwall for ‘Creative Writing with Carefree’, a series of creative writing sessions in partnership with Carefree Cornwall to work with a group of young writers in care to develop their voices. Sessions will be led by tutors writer Jane Pugh and performance poet Taran Spalding-Jenkins.

Try to Be Better in Cornwall, a multi-disciplinary project foregrounding experiment and collaboration in new art and poetry. The award will support a series of accessible workshops backed by the W.S. Graham estate in celebration of his centenary year. These sessions will be aimed at leaders in their fields as well as less well-established creatives from various backgrounds including female and BAME creatives based in the South West.


The Annual Fund is open for 2019 applications from Friday 18th January 2019. Applications close on Wednesday 1st May. Full information can be found