C.S. Lewis Writer’s Bursary Award 2021

EastSide Arts, supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, is delighted to invite applications for a new bursary award celebrating the legacy of C.S. Lewis.

Using C.S. Lewis as our inspiration, we ask, what is it like to arrive here in Northern Ireland from somewhere else? Where are the footholds and the touch-points to connect with Northern Ireland? What is it like call NI home if you have joint heritage?  

“They Open a Door and Enter a World”   C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

 “Lewis remains a beacon in his conviction that creation’s redemption is incomplete without the inclusion of all – men, women, children, animals and the very planet itself.”  Tade Ipadeola, Poet and Lewis Scholar

Bursary Details: 

The bursary will pay the writer a fixed fee of £1,500. The bursary winner will be announced on 14 January 2020.

We hope that the bursary will give the award winner –

  • a writing development opportunity such as the time and space needed to create new work; that work might be
  • new writing, a performance, a workshop or other form of public engagement which demonstrates sharing and conveying their writing to an audience. 

Who can apply?

The award will be made to an individual writer, in any genre of writing, from our diverse communities (ethnic minority, migrant or Irish Traveller communities for example), currently living in Northern Ireland.

Key dates:

  • Information session (Zoom) at 2pm on Tuesday 1 December 2020. To register for the session, email gillian@eastsidepartnership.com
  • Application deadline 5pm on Friday 11 December 2020
  • Bursary award winner announced Thursday 14 January 2021

The award winner will be invited to share their experience of the bursary impact on their writing as part of the EastSide Arts Writers’ Symposium in January 2022 (dates TBC).

How to apply:

Please email ALL of the following to gillian@eastsidepartnership.com

  • your cover letter (350 – 500 words OR a sound clip/video not exceeding 3 minutes)
  • your history of artistic practice (no more than 2 x A4 pages)
  • a writing sample (3 – 6 poems, or 5 – 8 pages of a script or 750 words of prose or non-fiction) OR
  • a video or audio link to a performance/ reading not exceeding 3 minutes
  • Mark your submission WRITERS BURSARY 2021 in the subject line.

 To find out more about EastSide Arts click here

Useful Information:

  • Your cover letter should include – a statement of the value and impact of this bursary to your professional writing development. Tell us why you, and why now? What difference will the bursary make to your professional profile, your skills and/or your learning?
  • It is important to us that the bursary awardee is included in and profiled in our summer festival, but we are open to what form this might take. What would you do – tell us your brief proposal, which may include public engagement. 
  • Share the outline of the project you are working on/ want to work on, for example, new writing, and/or public engagement such as a reading, a discussion, a workshop or some suggestion of your own.
  • Your history of artistic practice should tell us about your track record of achievement in creative writing, for example, publication, performance, a project you have completed.
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