Calling all writers – if you have a new writing project that could engage with rural communities and support rural pubs, then we want to hear from you!

INN CROWD is a programme of high-quality live literature performances touring to rural pubs across England since 2016. It helps reinforce pubs as central to rural community life by bringing exceptional cultural experiences to new audiences.

INN CROWD is now extending its remit to explore how we may engage rural audiences and support rural pubs through remote writer in residence schemes. ENGAGE will pair each successful writer with one of our INN CROWD pubs and ask you to create a piece of new work for the members of that local community.

What we’re looking for

We are looking for new writing projects that might be distributed:

Offline – from postcard stories to poetry hour phone-ins, we invite you to get creative with how you might share your work with remote communities and help keep their local pub at the forefront of their minds as a hub for the community.

Digitally – from live-streaming a new place-specific piece through a pub’s social media channel, to imagining how the pub may celebrate reopening after lockdown. Some of our pubs have thriving social media presence and we will look to utilise these platforms to serve their communities.

Hybrid – a combination of offline and digital means.

The content and approach to the writing and its distribution/presentation is up to the artist; we are looking for artists to be creative in responding to the brief. We would welcome personalised writing to individuals in the community, fragments of a story that must be puzzled together to be complete, work that celebrates the history and role of a rural pub, or any number of other approaches. It does not have to be directly written about the community (although it can be) or the pub (although it can be) and most definitely does not need to be written about the crisis we are facing.

The key is making sure your content will be enjoyed by this specific rural target audience and ensuring a sense of community is experienced.

For further details, including budgets, please download the full information pack.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be:

  • An individual or collection of artists all residing in England
  • A writer or other literature focused artist with a track record of professional work
  • Aged 18 or over

How to apply

  1. Download and read the comprehensive application pack, which contains extensive information about the applications we are seeking and the sorts of projects that might suit a rural pub (remote) residency.
  2. Complete the application form here
  3. Send a full budget breakdown and any additional material to Sam Ruddock

The deadline for applications is Sunday 10 May 2020.

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INN CROWD is a collaboration between Applause Rural Touring, Creative Arts East, and National Centre for Writing, working with Pub is the Hub. Also in association with: Arts Alive, Artsreach, Carn to Cove, Live and Local, SpotOn and Take Art.

To learn more about INN CROWD visit