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Young Writers Wanted

The Burnley Literary Festival are looking for four local young writers (aged 14-18) to work with The Writing Squad as part of this year’s festival.

The Opportunity and Role

We are looking for four young writers to capture the people and stories of Burnley Markets on Saturday 5th October.

The writers will be collecting stories from market stallholders about their businesses and their memories of Burnley Market. They will then use these stories  to create an online digital archive which will be public and used by the markets in the future. Please see this link for an example from a similar project: http://www.underbanks.com/

This opportunity is perfect for young writers who are interested in journalism, content creation and blogging but is also open to those interested in creative writing. Each writer will be paired with a Writing Squad graduate writer for the day and will have the chance to learn from them directly.

We can cover travel expenses for the writers, including meals during the day.

The writers will need to be:

  • Available all day on Saturday 5th October from 9 am – 5 pm (timings to be confirmed).
  • Outgoing and willing to speak to members of the public
  • Have an interest in writing and collecting stories/local histories

The Writing Squad

The Writing Squad provides workshops, 1-1 support and investment for young writers in the North.

We help them establish themselves as individual artists, collectives and start-up companies.

We link writers and activists with the literature industry and independent sector while encouraging them to produce and distribute work themselves.

We work with all genres – poets and prose writers, playwrights and scriptwriters, creative-non fictioneers, lyricists and performance artists, as well as those who want to try everything, and those who haven’t decided if or what they want to specialise in.

We take Squad writers seriously as writers, artists and activists, they just happen to be young.

We are a community of artists who make new work together and support each other’s development.

We have worked with 211 since 2001.  At the last count, 20% make their living as writers or in the cultural industries, a further 28% are beginning to make a name for themselves and/or earn some of their living as published, performed or produced writers and activists.

How To Apply

Young writers should apply for this opportunity by emailing stephie@culturapedia.co with a short written statement about why they are interested in the project, confirm their availability for Saturday 5th October and the contact details of either a teacher or youth worker (or similar) who can act as a referee if needed.

Expressions of interest must be sent in by Wednesday 2nd October and the writers will be told by Thursday 3rd October if they have been successful.

The Festival

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Burnley Literary Festival was established by Burnley Council in 2016 to raise the profile of Burnley as a destination, increase town centre football and encourage people to enjoy literary events locally. In its fourth year, the festival has this year been developed and managed by Culturapedia under contract to the council. Culturapedia are a Blackburn-based independent arts management company committed to enabling people to enjoy high-quality arts event in unusual places. www.culturapedia.co  They deliver a wide-ranging programme supported by Arts Council England always in partnership with other organisations be they local authorities or village halls.

The festival this year is made possible with investment from Burnley Council, Arts Council England National Lottery Development Funds, Stocks Massey funds and additional partnership support from Burnley Leisure and Lancashire County Council. For a full programme of events visit www.burnleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

If you have any questions about this opportunity or Burnley Literary Festival please contact Stephanie Jessop by calling the Culturapedia office on 01254 674 777 or by emailing stephie@culturapedia.co (just .co).