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 20 Jul 2006, 16:05 #12416 Reply To Post
Note: 27/9/06 We have been informed re the following news item that MCNA are no longer able to offer their writer's bursary, details of which were listed in July. Please see their website for further details.

The Arts Council have forwarded us details of a new writer's bursary.

Please find the details below:

MCNA, is awarding an £18,000 writer's bursary to an aspiring writer (novice or experienced) who would like to dedicate up to 12 months writing a fiction novel.


The applications will be assessed by a panel of judges who will be looking for the following qualities:-

• The interest and appeal of the proposed work of fiction
• The quality and promise of the writing sample submitted
• The practicality of the 12 month plan
• The commitment of the applicant to his/her writing project

Short-listed candidates may be asked to submit further material and/or attend for interview.

Our Judges:

Dr. Jason Whittaker, Falmouth University

Jason Whittaker is a senior lecturer in English with Media Studies and Journalism at University College Falmouth, and has over a decade experience as a journalist and editor. He is the author of several books on William Blake and new media and technologies, his most recent books being Radical Blake (with Shirley Dent, Palgrave, 2002), The Cyberspace Handbook (2004) and Blake, Modernity and Popular Culture (with Steve Clarke, Palgrave 2006). He is currently working on a title on magazine publishing.

Dr. Anthony Caleshu, University of Plymouth

Anthony Caleshu is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth. Anthony's research interests include American literature, contemporary poetry and creative writing. His poetry and stories have been published widely on both sides of the Atlantic in magazines such as The Dublin Review, Poetry Review, and American Literary Review. Work from his collection of poems, THE SIEGE OF THE BODY AND A BRIEF RESPITE (Salt, 2004) was anthologised in The Forward Book of Poetry (2005) and New Irish Poets. He's been several times nominated for a Pushcart Prize (USA) and was short-listed for the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for Best New Poet in 2004. Anthony is currently teaching at Plymouth University and working on a number of creative projects including: a novel, a collection of stories, a new play and a monograph on the poet James Tate. Anthony is also Chair of the Peninsula Arts Literature Series in Plymouth.

Val Taylor, University of East Anglia

Val Taylor is Director of Scriptwriting at UEA, Research Supervisor for UEA's PhD in Critical and Creative Writing. Theatre Dramaturg, Script & Screenplay Consultant, with particular specialism in adaptation. Val also works as a Theatre Director and Writer.
An associate of Bird's Eye View, Managing Partner of Playwrights East and a consultant on screenwriter-training to Skillset, and previously Screen East.
Publications and Production:
Author: Stage Writing: A Practical Guide (Crowood Press 2002); 2 chapters in Theatre Theories (Anthony Frost, ed., Pen & inc Press, 2000); 1 chapter in Boxed Sets: Television Representations of Theatre (Jeremy Ridgman, ed., Arts Council of England / John Libbey Media/University of Luton Press, 1998).
Dramaturg & Scriptwriter: Guardians of the Deep (Theatre for Africa at the Earth Summit, Johannesburg, RSA, 2002).
Val is currently working with Michael Begley on a commission for the Bush Theatre and will shortly begin work with U.S writer, Jordan Goldman on his new screenplay.

George Green, Lancaster University

George Green is a Lecturer in Creative Writing, Part II Director of Creative Writing and Convenor of the Campus MA at Lancaster University. Having written short stories, one of them the prize-winning 'Baby', George successfully moved into the realm of longer fiction, completing and recently publishing two novels: Hound and Hawk. His research interests are Irish fiction, 'the Western' and Biography.

Sarah Duncan, Bristol University

Sarah Duncan is a Novelist, Script-Writer and Creative Writing Tutor. Her first novel, Adultery for Beginners, was short listed for the Joan Hessayon New Writers Prize and became an international best seller. Her second, Nice Girls Do, has recently been published by Headline, and she is currently writing her third for them. Her short stories have been widely published and broadcast on Radio 4. She adapted one of them into a film script. The film, A Naked Eye, has gone on to win five international film festival best drama or best script awards, including Gold Medal at Houston, the world’s largest. She has an MA in Creative Writing and is an experienced creative writing tutor. She currently teaches on the Creative Writing Diploma at Bristol University and runs their Fiction Writing Workshop.

Dr. Pádraigín Riggs, University College Cork, Ireland

Dr Pádraigín Riggs is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Irish at University College, Cork. Author of Donncha Ó Céileachair: Anailís Stíliúil (1978) and Pádraic Ó Conaire: Deoraí (1994), both books dealing with the work of short story writers in Irish. Other publications include articles on various aspects of contemporary fiction in Irish. As well as teaching courses on the novel and short story in Irish, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, Pádraigín Riggs is a regular adjudicator for the annual Oireachtas Literary Competition - the major Irish literary competition.

Ailsa Cox, Edge Hill University

Ailsa is a prizewinning short story writer and critic. Her stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies including The Virago Book of Love and Loss, Manchester Stories 3 and London Magazine. She is also the author of, Writing Short Stories (Routledge), and, Alice Munro (Northcote House Writers and Their Work Series). Ailsa currently teaches writing at Edge Hill University.

Prof. Pat Waugh, Durham University
Pat is Head of the English Department at Durham University, where she has been for the last seventeen years. Her publications include: Metafiction: The Theory and Practice of Self-Conscious Fiction (Methuen, London and New York, 1984; 2nd edition,1988; 3rd edition, Routledge, 2003; Japanese edition 1988)pp. 176; Feminine Fictions: Revisiting the Postmodern (Edward Arnold, 1989); 1, Postmodernism: A Reader (Edward Arnold, London and New York), pp. 276; Practising Postmodernism/Reading Modernism (Routledge, 1992) Modern Literary Theory: (Edward Arnold, London and New York, pp. 430) ; The Harvest of the Sixties: English literature and its Backgrounds 1960-95 (Oxford University Press, 1995); Revolutions of the Word: Intellectual History and Twentieth Century Literature (Edward Arnold, 1997, pp. 370) ; with David Fuller, The Arts and Sciences of Criticism (Oxford UP, 1999); Literary Criticism and Theory: an Oxford Guide (Oxford UP, 2006, pp.600) and she is currently completing a book on literature, science and the good society and writing the Blackwell History of British and Irish Literature 1945-present).

Martyn Bedford, Manchester University

Martyn is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, is the award-winning author of five novels: Acts of Revision (Bantam Press/Black Swan, 1996); Exit, Orange & Red (Bantam Press/Black Swan, 1997); The Houdini Girl (Viking/Penguin, 1999); Black Cat (Viking/Penguin, 2000); and The Island of Lost Souls (Bloomsbury, 2006). Between them, his novels have been translated into 12 languages and two have been published in the United States. His short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies, as well as being broadcast on radio and the internet.
Martyn has taught creative writing at the University of Manchester since 2001 and is currently director of the MA in Novel Writing. He is a regular fiction critic for the Literary Review and a consultant and critic-in-residence on, a website for aspiring writers. Together with novelist Phil Whitaker, he also runs the Literary Intelligence manuscript appraisal service.
In 2002, Martyn was a judge on the Betty Trask Awards for first novels and, in 2006, co-judged the Olive Cook Prize for short stories, both administered by the Society of Authors; he has also has sat on a literature-projects funding panel for Arts Council Yorkshire. He lives in West Yorkshire with his wife and two young daughters.

Dr. Seamus Henry

Joining the judging panel from Medical Case Notes Assessment Ltd, Dr. Henry is a Medical Doctor and General Practitioner, working in Margate Kent. He studied Medicine at Galway in Ireland and completed his GP training in the North East of England.

With a strong interest in writing, Dr. Henry has written a self-help book: Other People are Problems, which was published in 2001 by Small Print Press. We are currently updating the biographical details of the other judges and these will be uploaded onto the website shortly.
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