Writing commissions for digital projects during the pandemic

Wales news
05 June 2020

The Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales is delighted to partner with Literature Wales in offering bursaries for freelance writers during the pandemic.

In partnership, we are announcing a round of funding for freelance writers to devise and create original digital content and projects for audiences. The main focus for this round of commissions is health and wellbeing.

There are 10 commissions available worth £500 each, Please note the deadline for expressions of interest - Monday 18th May.

Further details, including all details of application are available.

"Literature Wales has a commitment to inspire communities, develop writers and celebrate Wales’ literary culture. We're delighted to be offering this exciting opportunity in partnership and are anticipating lots of interest, and some fantastic, creative submissions. The arts, especially literature have a huge part to play in promoting positive mental well-being and this project is really timely."

Ollie John, Manager, Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales

"I believe the creative arts, with particular emphasis on writing, can take us to a place of healing away from our pain. We forget where we have been and where we are going and simply be. As artists and/or practitioners we need to revisit our core beliefs of why we embarked upon our own creative journey. I often go back to why I started writing. Out of loneliness, heartbreak, despair, sadness and rage I found words or they found me. I also think back to those incendiary moments and how I felt. That is the key. Feeling."

Patrick Jones, Artist in Residence, Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales

"Literature Wales is pleased to work with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales on this Commission opportunity for authors. Looking after our well-being and our mental health is extremely important in these turbulent times.

We look forward to commissioning 10 creative literary projects that can benefit the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Wales, while also providing paid work for freelance writers in a period of financial uncertainty.

We are extremely grateful to the Royal College of Psychiatrists for their support in order to enable this commissioning round, and welcome their expertise and recognition of the positive impact that involvement in literature can have on health and well-being. "

Literature Wales