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A strategic framework for the arts

Read Great art and culture for everyone, our 10-year strategic framework.

You can download the literature appendix and related review from our initial Achieving great art for everyone consultation paper in Word and PDF formats:

Literature appendix Literature appendix

Literature review Literature review

National portfolio funding

Find out more about literature and the National portfolio.

Literature initiatives

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is awarded annually to the best work of contemporary fiction in translation.

We support creative writing including poetry, fiction, life writing, storytelling, spoken word, writing for children and literary translation. It can be presented through a variety of media including publishing, online platforms, live performance and broadcast. We also support promoting reading.

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.

Literature will contribute to our Great art and culture for everyone goals and priorities by:

  • developing the variety and quality of poetry; supporting poetry publishers to spot and develop talent and produce work that will reach readers. For example, Bloodaxe, Carcanet, Peepal Tree, Smith Doorstep and Faber New Poets
  • building a platform for international writing through encouraging translation, developing the presentation of international writers and celebrating the quality of writing from around the world. For example, Southbank Centre, Booktrust, English PEN, Writers' Centre Norwich and Manchester Literature Festival
  • offering writers support at early stages and mid stages in their careers such as mentoring, residences, and showcasing. Connecting diverse writers with the industry and developing their markets. For example, Writing East Midlands, Arvon, New Writing South, Wordsworth Trust and Comma Press
  • providing the conditions for writers to make bold, ambitious work, particularly through Grants for the arts and through commissioning. For example, Writers' Centre Norwich, Southbank Centre and Apples and Snakes
  • developing a touring network for readers to discover writers, including festivals, libraries and arts centres. Encouraging more collaboration, co-commissioning and partnerships across the commercial and subsidised sectors. For example, The Reading Agency, Writing West Midlands, Arc, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Southbank Centre and Poet in the City
  • building productive, dynamic relationships between libraries and readers, particularly in areas of low engagement. For example, libraries, Signposts, and Writing on the Wall
  • helping more people find exciting new writing through digital formats. For example, Poetry Archive, The Reading Agency, The Poetry Society and Carcanet
  • supporting literature organisations to develop their influence and to make them more sustainable for the future
  • building a quality, affordable and more geographically spread offer for young people, so that more can work with writers and enjoy reading. For example, Poetry Archive, The Poetry Society, Apples and Snakes, Writing Squad, writing agencies and libraries
  • offering more children, young people and families high quality work and experiences live, digitally and as text. For example, Children's Bookshow, Booktrust, Seven stories, Bath Literature Festival and Southbank Centre


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Great art and culture for everyone

Great art and culture for everyone sets out a 10-year vision for the Arts Council, with five ambitious goals at its heart. Originally published in 2010, this ...

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