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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Latest news, blog posts and case studies

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Evaluation matters

Laura Venning on how we can get better at evaluating projects that encourage reading

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How to look after Human Remains

Hear about the team of specialists, funded through our Museum Resilience fund, who make sure anything the dead (and undead) leave behind gets the best possible care!

Plymouth awarded £4.17m capital

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery have made a successful application for £4,175,000 to our large Capital Investment programme to support world class spaces for contemporary art in the new History Centre, planned to open in 2020.

ANNOUNCING: our budget for 2018-22

We have just published details of our budget for our next investment period, alongside guidance for applying to our National Portfolio

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On culture and caring

Nicky Goulder on the impact of art and culture on young carers, and how creativity can helps us to step into someone else's shoes

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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. Photo © Joao Silas 5. Living Worlds at Manchester Museum. © Manchester Museum 6. No Credit Displaying 7. Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Ramps On The Moon: Kiruna Stamell, David Carlyle and Francesca Mills in The Government Inspector at The New Wolsey Theatre, 2016 8. No Credit Displaying 9. A young carer performs at Sadler’s Wells during inspired:arts. Photo © Alicia Clarke 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