Supporting literature

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We believe literature plays a key part in contemporary culture.  We support creative writing including poetry, fiction, life writing, storytelling, spoken word, writing for children and literary translation. 

We think #culturematters, do you?

Investing in literature 2015–2018

We think #culturematters, do you?

Investing in literature 2015–2018

During 2014–15 we invested £17.5 million to fund projects presented through a variety of media including publishing, online platforms, live performance and broadcast.  We also work to support young people to enjoy creative writing and reading both in and out of school. 

Commercial publishers, broadcasters, libraries and education in England all play a major role in creating one of the most dynamic contexts for literature in the world. We aim to focus our support where we can make the most difference.

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Seven Stories shortlisted for award

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle, made the illustrious shortlist for the prestigious International Children in Museums Award 2016.

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Estuary Festival 2016

The shorelines of the Thames Estuary will be home to a brand new festival this September, celebrating the huge impact this part of the landscape has had on local communities and rest of the country.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford. 2. New Vic Theatre's 2015 production of Dracula. Photo © Andrew Billington / New Vic Theatre 3. Knowledge is Beautiful (cc) Creative Commons - informationisbeautiful.net 4. The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge. Photo © Dale Cherry 2016 for The Reading Agency. 5. I Am Jane, part of Written by Women. Image courtesy of Basingstoke Discovery Centre. 6. Nottingham Lights up the Night. Photo © Gerry Molumby / Nottingham Castle 7. Participants at Seven Stories © Damien Wootten 8. The Book Hive. Photo © Rusty Squid. 9. Thames Estuary. Metal. © Simon Fowler 10. Land Speed Record Toys. Photo © Tom Wood / National Motor Museum 11. 'Transe Express' by Seachange Arts at the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, 2015. Photo © David Street / Streetview Marketing 12. Rifco Arts: Break the Floorboards @ Watford Palace Theatre, 2013. Photo © Manuel Harlan. 13. Daniel Copeland performs Joseph Coelho's Tree Child on the Spark Arts tour. Photo © Pamela Raith Photography / The Spark Arts 14. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre, February 2014. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 15. Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. Photo © RAMM Exeter 16. It's A Wonderful Life by New Wolsey Theatre. Photo © Mike Kwasniak. 17. Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. Photo © Andy Keate