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Kerry Hudson on why class is an obstacle to participation in the publishing industry

December 17, 2019

A surge in entries for this year’s Creative Future Writers’ Award has underscored how many writers see class as an obstacle to participation in the industry. Founded in 2013, the Creative Future Writers’ Award (CFWA) is a national writing development programme which celebrates talented, under-represented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, […]

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Reflections on our Writers’ Day

December 2, 2019

On Saturday 26 October the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer saw a very special takeover as writers, authors, and literary professionals descended on Southbank Centre for the first-ever London Literature Festival Writers’ Day presented in partnership with Creative Future. As we set up for the day, the foyer already busy with people, we got a sense […]

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Expose your Humanity: Mahsuda Snaith’s speech at our CFWA 2019 showcase

October 28, 2019

Below is the incredibly inspiring speech by our guest writer Mahsuda Snaith at our 2019 Writers’ Award winners’ showcase event held at the Southbank Centre.  When I was first asked to talk at these awards over a year ago, I was so excited I went straight to my computer and wrote 90% of what you’re […]

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On my experience as Writer in Residence – A blog by Emma McGordon

October 2, 2019

Preston Park Recovery Centre is a fantastic and crucial resource for the clients who use it. It has a real community almost family feel  and I’ve always been made very welcome.  Having a room that over-looked the park for my own writing time has been a luxury.  I soon developed rituals on my journey to […]

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How peer coaching can support your artistic practice

How peer coaching can help with your artistic practice

February 21, 2019

Are you a writer or an artist that sometimes struggles with self-belief? As in, “I love creating artwork/stories/paintings/photographs/novels but are they any good?” Or maybe you have a million ideas and you can’t decide which one to focus on? Or perhaps you’re facing the opposite dilemma; the blank page, the unmarked canvas; will you ever […]

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What’s In A Name: Why We’re Changing The Name of our Award for Writers

January 30, 2019

Given that we’re about to launch our award for writers, it feels apt to use the words of Shakespeare to ask; “What’s in a name?” Well, actually, a huge amount. The famous line implies that names aren’t all that important, but we beg to differ. Names can have a significant impact on someone’s expectation and […]

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Spotlight Books

November 22, 2018

Creative Future, Myriad Editions and New Writing South are looking for the best unpublished poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance. Six writers will be selected for publication in individual books. More info and how to enter Deadline: 24 February 2019

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Online Art Shop Now Open

August 1, 2018

Our brand new online shop is officially open, selling high quality limited edition prints. You can browse the shop at

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Free Creative Writing Workshops with award-winning poet

August 1, 2018

There are spaces available on our autumn programme of creative writing workshops for under-represented writers at New Writing South in Brighton and They Eat Culture in Preston. They’re suitable for beginners as well as more experienced writers and they’re led by the incredible Pat Winslow. Spaces go quickly, so grab yours here.

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Free Art Drop In starting October

August 1, 2018

Our art workshop in Brighton is a relaxed and friendly class, open to all abilities. Over the course you will cover the basics of drawing using still life, portrait models and life models as well as exploring a wide range of different artistic processes including drawing, mono printing, collage and acrylic painting. Starting Monday 8th […]

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