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Kevin Elyot Award for Writer-in-Residence – call for submissions 2020

Press release issued: 27 April 2020

Applications are now open for the University of Bristol Theatre Collection 2020 Kevin Elyot Award – created in memory of the acclaimed actor and writer.

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) - an alumnus of the University Drama Department – 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 and help them develop their own practice. The Kevin Elyot Archive is held at the Theatre Collection, and comprises scripts, correspondence, manuscript and publicity material detailing Elyot’s working process from initial idea to finished product. 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 start of the award this year will depend much on the current situation with Covid-19 and will necessarily depend on when the Theatre Collection can re-open. In the spirit of this award, the Theatre Collection will be as flexible as possible and the exact timing of the residency will be discussed with the award winner.

Further details of the award and application process can be found here (PDF, 132kB). The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday, 12th June 2020. 

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