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Arvon Foundation

The Arvon Foundation offers residential creative writing courses at its three centres in England. The courses cover a wide range of genres and are led by professional writers. Arvon also works closely with schools to develop creative writing by young people. They are one of nine organisations resident at the Free Word Centre. Our funding contributes to core operating costs. 

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £370,000
  • 2013-2014: £370,000
  • 2014-2015: £520,000

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Mother Tongues 2013

Mother Tongues is an Arvon project funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation, which encourages young people to write in both English and their mother tongue. This film shows 16 Urdu-speaking young people from The Leeds Co-operative Academy who visited Lumb Bank for a residential creative writing course led by Anjum Malik and Ishy Din. For more information visit www.arvon.org/8467/Mother-Tongues www.arvon.org

There's Ink Coming Out of Our Hands 2

Sixteen Gifted & Talented students from Freebrough Academy stay at Lumb Bank for a week, to work with writers N H Browne and Cliff Yates

There's Ink Coming Out of Our Hands

Sixteen Gifted & Talented students from Freebrough Academy stay at Lumb Bank for a week, to work with writers N H Browne and Cliff Yates

Jerwood / Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2011/12

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation provided funding for Arvon to run an annual mentoring programme in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Jerwood / Arvon mentoring scheme was designed to nuture emerging writers. Each year the scheme enabled nine writers, all of whom have attended tutored Arvon courses, to benefit from a year of mentoring by leading writers. The mentoring scheme covered three categories: fiction, poetry and playwriting, with a mentor appointed for each category. Over the course of the year the mentees attended both a masterclass week and a writing retreat at one of Arvon's writing houses. The mentees also benefited from regular contact with their appointed mentor throughout the year. An anthology was created at the end of each year to showcase work produced by the mentees during the course of the scheme. For details of the 2011/12 mentors and mentees, see http://arvonfoundation.org/262/Jerwood-Arvon-2011-2012-Mentoring-Scheme

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A short film about Arvon

A short film about Arvon, the UK creative writing charity. Featuring Mark Haddon, Andrew Motion, Bernardine Evaristo, Nell Leyshon, Katie Green, Willy Russell and Nick Stimson. For a longer version of the film see http://youtu.be/WVpNAVrvt2s http://www.arvonfoundation.org Directed by Emma Smithwick with Visual Collective

A film about Arvon

A film about Arvon, the UK creative writing charity. Featuring Mark Haddon, Andrew Motion, Bernardine Evaristo, Nell Leyshon, Katie Green, Willy Russell and Nick Stimson http://www.arvonfoundation.org Directed by Emma Smithwick with Visual Collective

Writing the Game 2011

Students from Carlton Community College at Lumb Bank, The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, West Yorkshire Writing the Game uses young people's love of football to engage them with writing and learning. Funded by the Football Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it has benefited almost 100 young people from disadvantaged areas in the north and south west of England, running from 2009 to 2011

Writing the Game 2009-2011

Writing the Game uses young people's love of football to engage them with writing and learning. Funded by the Football Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it has benefited almost 100 young people from disadvantaged areas in the north and south west of England, running from 2009 to 2011.

Mother Tongues

Mother Tongues is a new project from The Arvon Foundation, funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation, which encourages young people to write in both English and their mother tongue. This short film, taken at Toteigh Barton, one of Arvon's centres, shows 16 Portuguese-speaking young people from Norwood School in Lambeth. For more information and to read examples of the young people's work on the course, in both English and Portuguese see http://arvonfoundation.org/p231.html www.arvonfoundation.org

Writing the Game at Totleigh Barton

Writing the Game uses young people's love of football to engage them with writing and learning. Funded by the Football Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it has benefited almost 100 young people from disadvantaged areas in the north and south west of England, running from 2009 to 2011

The Arvon Foundation: An Introduction to Writing the Game

In 2009 the Arvon Foundation embarked on a new project for Under 18s that will benefit nearly 100 young people from the South and North West of England over three years. Young people's passion for football is boundless and with help from funders, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Football Foundation, Arvon has set up a project that uses that passion for the game to ignite a life-long interest in writing and words. During a week-long residential course at an Arvon centre, young people produced work for a football newspaper, wrote and performed a football musical and visited a local football ground to have a look round and take part in a training session. The project has already seen some amazing results -- many of the young people have achieved higher pass marks in exams than predicted, and their positive experience at Arvon is seen as the main reason for this turnaround.

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Contact details

www.arvonfoundation.org

Free Word Centre, 60
Farringdon Road
London
EC1R 3GA

51.523251, -0.10663

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