Graeae Theatre Company

Write to Play

An opportunity for our friends over the bridge……….

Graeae, together with our South West partners, are offering a unique development opportunity for D/deaf and disabled writers in South West England* to develop their skills and experience.

Write to Play is a paid year-long new writing course for D/deaf and disabled writers run by award-winning theatre company Graeae, in partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Wiltshire Creative, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal Bath.

Over the year, you will write two short pieces as well as a full-length play. Throughout the programme, you’ll be mentored and supported to participate in workshops led by theatre professionals to hone and develop your writing. You’ll write two short pieces, as well as a full-length play. Successful writers will be paid £1800 over the year (paid in instalments).

If you’re passionate about theatre, keen to write for the stage and gain experience, we want to hear from you! All access requirements will be met.

“Write to Play is the most inspiring and encouraging opportunity I have had as a writer. I have had access to workshops, mentors and the Graeae team, all of who have helped me to explore my writing in ways not possible before. Apply, it will change your life forever.”  Khush Chahal

“Write to Play has been informative, inspiring and emotional. This is not one of those schemes that only exists on paper to make a place look good, Graeae have been understanding and sensitive and have continued to support me as a writer and artist beyond the end of the scheme.”   Jackie Hagan

Applications now open until Mon 3 September, 12pm

We welcome applications in English and British Sign Language.

Click here for full details on how to apply & to download application forms.

*Open to applicants living in the counties of Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

                CURIOUS TO KNOW MORE?

Why not come to one of our FREE taster sessions* in August.

Tue 21 Aug, 2-4pm @ Theatre Royal Plymouth

Wed 22 Aug, 12.30-2.30pm @ Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST City)

Wed 22 Aug, 6.30pm-8.30pm @ Bristol Old Vic

We are also running an online taster session on Thu 16 Aug 2pm-3.30pm

*Attendance at taster sessions not compulsory for applicants.

Click here to book your place now!

 

 

Literature Wales

Funding for Writers:
The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Schemes are now open

We are delighted to announce that the next round of Bursaries and Mentoring is now open for submission. The schemes are open to emerging and experienced writers alike.

The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries enable writers to develop new work without any firm commitment to its publication. This gives writers the opportunity to venture into new territory and develop their artistic process, providing them with the time and resources to research, write, review and reflect. 

The Mentoring Scheme offers support and practical advice to writers at the start of their careers by offering them a place on a bespoke mentoring course as well as a series of one-to-one sessions with an experienced writer in order to develop a specific work in progress to a publishable standard.

The guidelines and application forms for the Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring schemes are available to download from the Literature Wales website.
 

The closing date for applications for 2019 Bursaries and Mentoring is
5.00 pm on Tuesday 11 September 2018.

For further information contact Literature Wales on: [email protected] / 029 2047 2266

Autumn Poetry Masterclass with Two Eminent Welsh Poets

Closing date: 31 August 2018

Are you a budding poet? Would you benefit from a week-long masterclass with Gillian Clarke and Robert Minhinnick? Why not apply to attend the Autumn Poetry Masterclass at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre from 25 October – 3 November 2018? Places are limited to 16 poets. Best of luck! 

For further information, please visit: www.literaturewales.org

Funding for Writers

The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Schemes are now open

The next round of Bursaries and Mentoring is now open for submission. The schemes are open to emerging and experienced writers alike.

The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries enable writers to develop new work without any firm commitment to its publication. This gives writers the opportunity to venture into new territory and develop their artistic process, providing them with the time and resources to research, write, review and reflect. 

The Mentoring Scheme offers support and practical advice to writers at the start of their careers by offering them a place on a bespoke mentoring course as well as a series of one-to-one sessions with an experienced writer in order to develop a specific work in progress to a publishable standard.
  
The guidelines and application forms for the Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring schemes are available to download from the Literature Wales website.
 The closing date for applications for 2019 Bursaries and Mentoring is
5.00 pm on Tuesday 11 September 2018.

For further information contact Literature Wales on: 
[email protected] / 029 2047 2266

Call out for individuals to join a new Welsh-language writers’ group

This is a unique opportunity for up to 8 new or emerging theatre writers to develop their craft through a series of events, workshops and mentorship over a period of 10 months.

 

As part of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s new initiative – Theatr Gen Creu – a scheme that supports and nurtures talent, the company is inviting applications to join the New Writers’ Group.

  • A mentorship and training scheme – completely free of charge – for new and emerging theatre writers 
  • An emphasis on encouraging applications from those currently under-represented in the arts 
  • An extensive programme of events and workshops to develop and nurture talent 

The aim of the New Writers’ Group is to nurture future talent in Welsh-language theatre writing, and to enable new and diverse voices to flourish. The project will also help those individuals to develop their craft as they create new work for the theatre in Welsh.

The New Writers’ Group is open to writers of every age and from all parts of Wales and beyond – people who are eager to explore, experiment and develop their craft. Maybe some will be experienced writers in other media but fancy venturing into the theatre world. Maybe others already work in the theatre but are keen to try their hand at writing. And maybe others have had some experience in theatre writing but feel they need a helping hand in taking their next steps. We are especially keen to encourage applications from groups that have been under-represented in the arts – disabled people, women, people from BAME backgrounds, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The New Writers’ Group is a Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru initiative presented in association with S4CLiterature WalesPontioTheatr ClwydAberystwyth Arts CentreCarmarthenshire TheatresWales Millennium Centre and the Sherman Theatre.

The scheme will run between September 2018 and June 2019 and will include a series of workshops with experienced writers and directors in various locations throughout Wales. Most of the workshops will be held through the medium of Welsh. The writers will also have an opportunity to attend a number of theatre performances in various venues, completely free of charge.

Following the workshops, the writers will have a period of time to write a new play, with feedback from professional people being given on the work as it develops. At the end of the writing period, rehearsed public readings (with professional actors and directors) of these new plays will be given in the venues that are part of the scheme.

As part of the commitment of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and all its partners to ensure that this scheme is accessible and open to all who wish to apply, every element is offered at no cost to the successful applicants. The writers will be paid travelling, accomodation and subsistence expenses to enable them to attend the workshops, feedback sessions, rehearsals and readings.

Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, commented about the scheme:

Opportunities for writers interested in Welsh-language theatre to attend professional workshops are rare. Rarer still are those opportunities for writers to see their work being presented by professional actors. Opportunities to experiment, to have a go at fulfilling an ambition and, yes, even to fail, are all essential elements of a thriving theatre environment in any language. We are extremely pleased that so many key and influential partners have joined us in this venture and are very grateful to them for their support. Together, we’re determined to give encouragement to a new generation of Welsh-language theatre writers, and look forward to receiving applications from writers of all ages who feel they need a little support to move forward with their work and who are ready to take a chance!

Closing date: 17:00 on Monday 18 June 2018.

For full details and how to apply please visit the Theatr Gen Creu page.

Carmathen Book Fair

Following our successful debut in 2016 and the Carmarthen Fair last year, we are holding the third Carmarthen Book Fair – 11th August 2018 – St Peter’s Civic Hall, Nott’s Square, Carmarthen 10 am – 4 pm.

 

This is open to local writers and could be of special interest to anyone who has published their books through writing or art. This could be of interest to local independent publishers too.

For further details please contact, [email protected]

Theatre Clwyd’s Writer In Residence Scheme

Part of TYFU | GROW – Theatr Clwyd’s Creative Development Programme

Generously supported by the Gladstone’s Library

In Collaboration with Paines Plough

Call out to Welsh Language writers!
Applications open until Friday 23 March 2018

This year, Theatr Clwyd are once again co-producing the Roundabout Season with Paines Plough. Three brand new plays will be premièred on the doorstep of Theatr Clwyd in the award-winning pop-up theatre that is the Roundabout, before going on to the Edinburgh Festival and then a UK tour.

As part of Theatr Clwyd’s TYFU programme and our commitment to becoming a home for writers in Wales, we are inviting three Welsh language writers to work alongside the Roundabout company. Each writer will develop a 10-minute script that will be performed in the Roundabout when the season opens at Theatr Clwyd.

The Theatr Clwyd Roundabout Welsh Residency will offer our three writers the chance to get to know other artists, spend time observing rehearsals and develop ideas in a supportive environment.

The 2018 Residency includes:

  • Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 April: 3 days in London as the Roundabout Season rehearsals begin – meeting the acting company, creative team and writers, and experiencing the first days of work on the new scripts.
  • Week commencing Monday 4 June: 3 days at Theatr Clwyd to observe rehearsals in the Roundabout itself and time in the main building to start script development.
  • Monday 25 – Saturday 30 June: 6 days at Theatr Clwyd to work with a director and 3 actors, further developing and rehearsing the script.
  • Saturday 30 June: Performances of the three 10-minute scripts in the Roundabout.
    Each writer will be given a bursary to cover travel, subsistence and expenses + a fee of £500

How to Apply

If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 23 of March 2018.

The email should include:

  • A CV of both your work as a writer and/or other employment, training and education
  • A brief description of where you currently are as a writer
  • A brief description of why you would like to be involved in this project
  • Two pages of a script that you’ve written in the Welsh language
  • Confirmation of your availability for all dates listed

We will notify all applicants in due course. You will receive more information after submitting your application.

DAC Annual Poetry Competition – we have a winner!!

 

Lee Green  !!

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all  of you who entered our annual poetry competition

We are pleased to announce that Lee Green’s poem  ‘Simmering Limerence’ has been judged to be the overall winner . Congratulations Lee!

In addition to the overall winner  the following poems were highly commended by our judge Dominic Williams.

‘A song to the Vinyl Siren’   by Giles Turnbull

 ‘Letter to my daughter ‘ by Rhian Elizabeth

  ‘Voices’ by Siobhan Davies

The above poems together with some of the other entries will be included alongside images from our 2017 visual art exhibiton in an iBook – more details to follow shortly.

Thanks to our judges Dominic Williams  and Sion Aled for their work in judging the entries

 

Literature Wales – Board of Management Recruitment

Recruitment of Chair and Directors for Literature Wales Management Board

We’re looking for dynamic and inspiring individuals to join our Board of Management, as well as a visionary individual to lead the organisation as Chair.

Joining our Board in 2018 will mean that you will actively shape the future of Literature Wales as it frames its new Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2022.

Literature Wales is a forward-looking organisation which thrives on change and responds positively and directly to challenges. We are looking for people who want to contribute to building a better society and ensure that literature is a voice for all. We are looking for strong advocates who share the vision and values of the organisation, and who can help shape the next phase of our development.

Chair

Literature Wales is seeking its second Chair, as the distinguished poet and academic Damian Walford Davies is due to step down in Spring 2018 in accordance with the mandated length of office set out in the organisation’s Articles of Association.

The ability to communicate in both Welsh and English is essential for the role of Chair.

Directors

Literature Wales’ Board of Directors represents a broad sector and includes a range of expertise, experience and voices. We particularly welcome applications from young people and individuals who represent protected characteristics. In this current recruitment process, priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate knowledge of and/ or experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Governance
  • Legal & HR
  • Finance
  • Development and Business
  • Children & Young People
  • International Networks
  • Communications & PR

Literature Wales is a bilingual organisation and a positive attitude towards the Welsh language is essential for the role of Director.

Closing Date: Monday 12 March 2018, 12.00 noon

Interviews: week commencing 19 March 2018

For further information contact Literature Wales on: 
[email protected] / 029 2047 2266.