Escalator Needs Your Help


The Escalator talent development programme has supported early career writers in the East of England since 2004. The programme has developed over the years to become what it is today: eight months of mentoring, training, guidance and networking for writers at the beginning of their careers. Supporting writers who are underrepresented on UK bookshelves has become a core objective of the project.

Years of austerity and the Covid-19 crisis have made funding through traditional means increasingly difficult. This year we are asking for your help to ensure we are able to continue providing essential support and mentoring to underrepresented writers from the region.

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Escalator normally mentors ten writers each year but in 2020 we were only able to fund six. Your support can make all the difference and help get the project back up to ten writers.

To support an early career writer costs £2,200 for the full eight months of the programme. This covers their mentoring, masterclasses in editing, performance, voice training and much more.

We are therefore aiming to raise £8,800 to secure four more places on the Escalator programme for 2021.

Support the writers of tomorrow

Supporting underrepresented voices

The East of England region is made up of a diverse society of many voices. Escalator is about helping a wider variety of voices reach the page and get into bookshops and libraries. As readers we all benefit from incredible new books from outstanding new voices that expand our worlds, inspire us and contribute to a broader publishing landscape that will better represent the society we live in.

This region has a long literary heritage, with Norwich being the first UNESCO City of Literature in England. Based in the creative heart of the city, the National Centre for Writing’s mission is to ensure creative writing talent is given a platform to succeed.

Give a voice to new writers

How you can help

£25 pays for one writer to attend a key professional development workshop

£250 covers the cost for the entire Escalator cohort to attend a tailored professional development workshop on editing, performance or voice training

£1,250 pays for the mentoring of one writer for the duration of their time on Escalator

£2,200 covers the entire cost of an Escalator writer; as thanks for this generous donation we will name an Escalator mentee placement after you or someone of your choice

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Buy a Julian of Norwich screen print


Purchase a Julian of Norwich print (hand-made by Print to the People, a community printmaking studio in Norwich) and your money will go towards supporting an underrepresented writer at the beginning of their career.

Prints are £10 each. As a thank you, we will also include a copy of our Walking Norwich chapbook with each order!

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