Podcasts and writing workshops scoop RSL Literature Matters Awards

Podcasts and writing workshops scoop RSL Literature Matters Awards

Podcasts, writing workshops and a collection of short stories are among the winners of this year’s RSL Literature Matters Awards. 

The awards aim to enable literary excellence and innovation, providing writers with financial support to undertake a new literary project. 

Will Eaves and Sophie Scott won £3,000 for their “thought provoking” monthly podcast of discussion and readings on the intersection of literature and neuroscience, "The Neuromantics". 

Fellow podcaster Mab Jones was awarded £2,000 for "At the City’s Edge: The Wetlands of Wales" - a podcast of poems, stories and sound art to explore the importance of the Welsh wetlands, which are now under threat.

Rosemary Harris scooped £3,500 for her Word Bridges workshops. The series of creative writing workshops for young refugees and migrants climates in a live reading/performance. Meanwhile Alycia Pirmohamed and Jay G Ying won £3,000 for their Scottish BAME Writers’ Group & Showcase - a series of writing workshops and two masterclasses for BAME writers in Scotland, culminating in a showcase event at the Scottish Poetry Library, where a pamphlet of work will be distributed. 

Other winners included Winnie M Li and Clare Shaw who were awarded £4,000 for their touring event of author readings, writing workshops and panel discussions,focusing on trauma and gender-based violence in novels, poetry, memoir, plays, and graphic literature.

Gregory McCartney was awarded £2,500 for A Magazine for Revolution? An exploration of the Honest Ulsterman magazine, a print and online publication exploring different facets of the Northern Irish poetry magazine Honest Ulsterman magazine since its inception in 1968, inviting readers, writers, artists, editors and historians to compose a series of essays exploring the Honest Ulsterman and its context throughout its history.

Sian Northey of Food Bank Stories/Straeon y Banc Bwyd, won £2,000 for her collection of short stories, in both Welsh and English, based on a residency at a food bank using techniques borrowed from verbatim theatre.

Chair Abdulrazak Gurnah was joined by Barney Norris and Menna Elfyn on the judging panel. The winners were presented with their awards on Friday 8th March at an event held at the British Library.