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Latest Mo Siewcharran Fund grant recipients announced

The latest Mo Siewcharran Fund grants have been awarded to the Royal Society of Literature in London, Europa Editions UK in London, and Prime Theatre in Swindon. The grant is awarded by the Fund set up in memory of former Nielsen Books Director, Mo Siewcharran, who died in June 2017. Read more about why the Fund was set up here 

The grant will support a Communications & Administrative Assistant internship with The Royal Society of Literature. Molly Rosenberg, Director at The Royal Society of Literature, said: “I’m thrilled that the Royal Society of Literature has been awarded a grant as part of the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Scheme. As the RSL turns 200 in 2020, we are committed to encouraging, promoting and engaging readers and writers of all backgrounds and experiences, particularly those who have historically not found their voices represented in British literature. We are incredibly grateful to Mo Siewcherran’s family and to Creative Access for the opportunity to work with a trainee across our programmes, and for the chance to support arts leaders of the future.”

The fund also supports a publishing traineeship with Europa Editions UK. Director of Europa Editions, Daniela Petracco, said: “At Europa Editions we believe passionately that to remain relevant, publishing must become more inclusive.  We are delighted to work with Creative Access –  whose vision and dedication have been and are instrumental in opening up the publishing industry to young people from under-represented backgrounds.  We are grateful to the Mo Siewcharran Fund who honour us with their generous support to make this possible.”

Sarah Wrixon, Company Manager at Prime Theatre, said: “We’re buzzing at this chance to welcome an exciting new energy to Prime and Tangle. This opportunity offers so much to both companies, Swindon, the theatre sector and most importantly, the trainee!”

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.  Speaking on the latest round of applications, John said: “We were so thrilled to receive so many strong applications to the Fund but of course that made the decision-making especially hard. Mo was passionate about both publishing and theatre and felt strongly about supporting people from non-white backgrounds and I’m sure that these latest roles will provide excellent opportunities for more young BAME candidates who will become part of Mo’s legacy.”

Each internship  lasts a minimum of six months and will support a young BAME candidate with a genuine passion for publishing or theatre. 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 timetable for the next round of applications is as follows: 

  • Deadline for applications 1st June 2020
  • Companies will be informed 5th June 2020
  • Internships must commence by 1st October 2020

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