We are delighted to announce the seven recipients of the RSL Literature Matters Awards 2020. The Awards aim to enable literary excellence and innovation, providing writers with financial support to undertake a new literary project. This year’s judges are Tessa Hadley, David Morley and Roy Williams.

£3,000Charlotte Ansell and Janett PlummerChosen
Writing workshops, performance and pamphlet for Generation Z adopted young people.

£3,000Alison Armstrong The Lost Voices of Morecambe Winter Gardens
A play based on the real and fictional voices of characters that have worked and performed at Morecambe Winter Gardens. To be performed at the semi-derelict theatre.

£2,000Zillah Bowes and Jonathan EdwardsNight Riders
Documenting the experiences of passengers on the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff train line in a series of poems.

£3,800Judith Bryan and Carol RussellRaised Voices: recovering the voices and vision of black women playwrights over 45
A series of public script-in-hand play-readings at the Young Vic, showcasing new writing by black women playwrights over 45.

£2,700Eva Edo A Mother’s Courage
A play project inspired by the testimonials of mothers whose sons have been victims, perpetrators and survivors of youth violent crime and incarceration, and what it means raise sons of colour in British society today.

£2,500Jennifer Johnstone and Annie MacDonaldRadical Mountain Women
A podcast series exploring the beauty, strength and resilience of the relationship between women and the environment in rural Scotland. It will be published on the established podcast Stories of Scotland.

£3,000 – Rebecca SharpRough currency: the poetics of oil and the imagination
A hybrid poetic text for publication, exploring the imaginative properties of crude oil and its role in the world of ideas.

Please read the press release for more information.

Related RSL Fellows

Roy Williams 2018
David Morley 2018
Tessa Hadley 2009

Related Awards

RSL Literature Matters Awards

£20,000 awarded annually for literature projects that seek to extend the reach of literature or demonstrate its impact in society.