Welcome to the 2022/23 Emerging Writers Programme cohort

We are delighted to announce the newest members of our flagship Emerging Writers Programme, now in its fourth iteration, which supports writers at the very start of their careers. The Programme is a unique opportunity which offers writers, in all genres, one year’s free membership of The London Library and includes writing development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance in using the Library’s resources. With its rich cultural heritage, extensive open access book collection, dedicated writing spaces and its diverse community of established writers, the benefits of Library membership are invaluable.

Forty participants were selected from a field of almost 950 applicants by a panel of judges comprising YA novelist and essayist Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Chair), non-fiction writer Simon Garfield, playwright and novelist Nell Leyshon, poet Rachel Long, screen and children's writer John McNally and literary agent Eli Keren.

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This year’s cohort is working on perhaps the most diverse array of projects yet. Spanning the globe from the US to India, the Philippines to Israel, France to Trinidad, they explore the Troubles and the Arab Spring, twelfth-century York, nineteenth-century Northumberland and present-day London; and they delve into topics as diverse as neurology, art, cryogenics, the countryside, sexuality, storytelling, selkies, bats, whales and a platypus.

Of the forty writers, eleven are novelists, eight are writing for stage/screen, seven are working on non-fiction or graphic non-fiction, five are short story writers, five are writing for children or YA and four are poets. The writers span an age range of early twenties to early fifties.

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Two bursary funds were available to support members of the cohort who may face financial, health, or any other barriers that would prevent them fully accessing the Programme. The Emerging Writers Programme Access Bursary has been generously funded by the International Friends of The London Library to help support those participants most in need and the Virago Participation Bursary has been generously funded by Virago Press to support Black women and Black writers from under-represented genders. 

The 2022/23 London Library Emerging Writers Programme is only possible because of the generous support the Library has received from the International Friends of The London Library, the Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust, the Julio and Maria Marta Nuñez Memorial Fund and other anonymous donors. If you are interested in supporting the Emerging Writers Programme please contact fThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or donate online.

 

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