Writing West Midlands is one of seven partners in READ ON!, an ambitious three-year project to respond to the interests of young people in creative writing and creative reading.
The project is funded by the European Union through its Creative Europe Culture funding project, and the partners are literature festivals and similar organisations in Norway, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and the UK.
The matching funding secured will allow Writing West Midlands to increase its range of creative writing activities for young people and also to develop programmes focusing on graphic novels, fan fiction and to encourage an interest in reading for enjoyment. We will also be including more work for and with young people in the Birmingham Literature Festival from 2018 onwards.
Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands, said:
“This is a wonderful opportunity to not only offer new activities to young people but also to work closely with friends across Europe. We are grateful to the European Union in making such activities possible. It is very timely to be making such connections.”