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First grants awarded by the Mo Siewcharran Fund

The first three grants have been awarded by the Fund set up in memory of former Nielsen Books Director, Mo Siewcharran, who died in June 2017.

The Fund was established by Mo’s husband, John Seaton, in order to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a career in the Arts.

The first three grants, each of £5,000, have been awarded to:

  1. Faber & Faber to support a Publishing trainee
  2. Granta Books to support a Publishing trainee
  3. The King’s Head Theatre to support an Executive Assistant

Each internship will last a minimum of six months and will support a young BAME candidate with a genuine passion for publishing or theatre. Commenting on the Awards, John said:

“Mo was passionate about both theatre and publishing and felt strongly about supporting people from non-white backgrounds. We were thrilled with the level of interest from organisations in this first round of applications and are looking forward to supporting many more young BAME candidates to pursue their careers over the coming years.”

On receipt of the grant, Fiona English, Executive Director, Kings Head Theatre said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Scheme to provide a stepping stone role in to our industry in partnership with Creative Access. We truly believe that provide gateways with rich development opportunities enable us to have more exciting and creative teams while training up leaders for the future.” 

Anne Meadows, Commissioning Editor, Granta Books commented: “We are so glad to be partnering with Creative Access to offer a bright and talented lover of literature their first role in publishing, and immensely grateful to the late Mo Siewcharran and her husband John Seaton for their generous support.”

Belinda Matthews and Nigel Marsh from Faber commented:

“We are thrilled to have been awarded a grant from this exciting and very generous Mo Siewcharran Memorial Scheme, partnering with Creative Access to provide a wonderful stepping stone towards a first role in publishing.

The Fund is supporting four interns per year for five years. Other publishing or theatre organisations wishing to apply for a grant in the future should email here. The deadlines for forthcoming applications are as follows:

ROUND 1 2019

  • Deadline for applications: 10th March 2019
  • Companies will be informed by: 17th March 2019
  • Internships must commence by: 9th June 2019

ROUND 2 2019

  • Deadline for applications: 10th July 2019
  • Companies will be informed by: 17th July 2019
  • Internships must commence by: 16th October 2019

Please note only companies with less than £15million turnover will be considered for subsidies.