You raised £10,113 for Escalator 2021!
Campaign update: With your help we have raised a grant total of £10,113.24 (including Gift Aid). We’re just so delighted and a little overwhelmed at the generosity that has been shown! Thank you so much for your support, which has helped smash our target of £8,800.
This result means we are able to fully fund Escalator 2021 with a full cohort of 10 early-career writers. The additional funds raised will go into Escalator 2022, which is a huge support for a programme that we have found challenging to fundraise for in recent years.
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.
“Forging a career as a writer is always challenging – especially as new and unpredictable challenges arrive every year. The Escalator scheme does essential work to support writers both practically and creatively at a critical point in their writing lives. Investing in early-career writers fills our shelves with a rich diversity of books that reflect all parts of our lives and our society.” – Author and NCW Patron, Sarah Perry FRSL