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The Kevin Elyot Award

Press release issued: 21 March 2017

The Kevin Elyot Award is an annual award of £3,000 given to support a writer in residence at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection. It is made in memory of Kevin Elyot (1951-2014) and the influence he has had on writing and the Arts. It is hoped that the award will enable a writer to be inspired by his work, which is held at the Theatre Collection, and help them develop their own practice. The award has been generously funded by an endowment given to the University by members of Kevin’s family.

The award will support a promising writer, practitioner or scholar to begin the process of creating a new written work. The award holder will use the Kevin Elyot archive as well as other holdings within the Theatre Collection to inspire a new dramatic work or other creative or academic outcome.

The £3,000 award covers a stipend towards living expenses during the residency, anymaterials, and other costs including basic dissemination activities. The residency is for up to four weeks which may be broken down into several smaller periods if required. It is to start the writing process off: it could be the beginning of a substantial undertaking or the opportunity to complete a shorter piece in the given timeframe. However, it is expected that the new work resulting from the award will be publically disseminated within a reasonable timescale (preferably within 12 months) following the completion of the award. The writer should be resident in the Theatre Collection during 2017 (dates to be mutually agreed).

In addition, the Theatre Collection staff will help support the award holder with the archival research process and the Department of Theatre will help with guidance and opportunities for dissemination. Dissemination activities supported may include the use of the Wickham or White theatres or events at the Theatre Collection. If students are to be involved in the dissemination events (eg. rehearsals, read throughs) then the award should cover a basic daily stipend (details available on request).

For more information on the award and how to appy, please see the Theatre Collection website

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