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Diverse stories explored as writers are awarded bursaries

Diverse stories explored as writers are awarded bursaries

Seven Sussex-based writers have been awarded £500 bursaries as part of ‘Shifting the Gaze’, a new creative writing bursary for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse writers whose work aims to explore the landscape, wildlife and heritage of the South Downs National Park.

The initiative is offering 15 bursaries of £500 to writers to fund time researching and developing new writing projects that focus on the beautiful South Downs landscape.

Shifting the Gaze is a Writing Our Legacy project, in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority and in association with New Writing South.

The first round of recipients for seven bursaries are:

  • Jenny Arach, Eastbourne
  • Emily Abdeni Holman, Saltdean
  • Joyoti Grech Cato, Brighton
  • Dulani Kulasinghe, Brighton
  • Lu-Hai Liang, Hastings
  • Georgina Parke, Brighton
  • Akila Richards, Brighton
Akila Richards

Amy Zamarripa Solis, CEO of Writing Our Legacy, said: “The scheme will give these talented writers a chance to explore, research, write, ask for help, make connections and help create a new map for the landscape of the South Downs, which is a cherished shared heritage by so many and whose stories are to be told by even more voices.”

Anooshka Rawden, Cultural Heritage Lead for the National Park, added: “The South Downs landscape has so many stories within it, yet untold or not well known. This project sits as part of our wide ranging work to engage people with all aspects of the National Park.”

A second round of applications for a further eight bursaries opens on Monday 12 July at 9am and closes on Wednesday 11 August at midnight.

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Jenny Arach