Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship, deadline 31 March 2016

The Julie Darling Travel Fellowship opened for submissions yesterday, full details below:

The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship
The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship opens for submissions
The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship exists to remember the late writer Julia Darling. The first award in 2015 was given to the novelist Chloe Daykin who used the funds to travel to Norway to research her second novel.

Julia Darling’s work encompassed a wide range of topics and forms from plays and novels to poetry and performance. She was an exceptional artist with a unique and humorous voice that engaged readers even when her work explored her declining health and ultimate death from cancer.

Julia was also a kind and generous writer who went out of her way to support and encourage many other writers to develop their work and their creativity. This fellowship is inspired by Julia’s love of travel and by the appreciation that she had of writing away from home, whether that was at creative retreats in the wilderness or in rented houses at the seaside.

The fellowship is worth £2,000 and is supported by a wide range of Julia’s friends and family, including many leading writers:

"Julia was an huge inspiration to me and she was a beacon of good sense, humour, ambition and right mindedness - as well as being a fabulous person whom I adored - so I would very much like to help remember her The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship seems a really great and creative way to do that." Lee Hall
”I'm delighted to support this great venture. Julia was a brilliant and bold writer. She was also a generous and inspirational woman who had a strong impact on the lives and work of those who knew her. She would have been delighted with this fellowship, which offers such a great opportunity for writers to produce new work.” David Almond
“I love the fact that Julia who loved to travel so much herself, on and off trains and planes, is now helping others to fly. Here's to all the journeys. Julia would be raising her glass!” Jackie Kay
The fellowship will be decided by a panel of Julia Darling’s friends and family including the writer Karin Young and Julia’s mother.

The fellowship can be used to fund travel and accommodation in the UK and internationally. The fellowship will also support group applications by writers who would like to undertake joint residential retreats (something that Julia valued).

The fellowship is open to novelists, poets and playwrights over the age of 18, who live and work in the north of England who have at least one professionally produced or published work to their name. The fellowship is for activity that takes place between June 2016 and May 2017.

To apply writers must write a brief description (up to 500 words) of how they would like to use the resource to advance their creative work, a short biography (up to 300 words) and state why now would be a good time for them to receive support (up to 300 words). To apply, please fill in this online form. Entry is by online submission only.

The Fellowship opens for applications on: Monday 29 February 2016 and the deadline for submissions is Thursday 31 March 2016.

The fellowship will be announced in May.
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