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Fund launched to support BAME internships in memory of Mo Siewcharran

A memorial fund has been launched in memory of Mo Siewcharran, former Director of Marketing and Communications at Nielsen Books, who died suddenly in June 2017.

Mo had worked at Nielsen for over 16 years and before that had worked for Hamlyn, Penguin and Haynes.

Mo’s husband, John Seaton, is launching the fund to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a career in the Arts. 

John said: “Mo was a much-loved and well-respected member of the publishing industry. She was passionate about both theatre and publishing and felt strongly about supporting people from non-white backgrounds. It is our hope that these internships will help transform lives and inspire young BAME candidates who will become part of Mo’s legacy.”

The intention is that each internship will last a minimum of six months and will support a young BAME (Black, Asian and other non-white ethnic minority) candidate with a genuine passion for publishing or theatre. Every intern will: 

·      Be paid at least the level of Living Wage  

·      Be allocated a senior-level mentor and a buddy

·      Attend induction training and monthly masterclasses with Creative Access 

·      Graduate on to the Creative Access Development programme after their internship

The fund will support four interns per year for an initial five years.

Any company wishing to apply for a bursary to subsidise an internship in either theatre or publishing, should contact Josie Dobrin