“For young writers, trying to get started can
sometimes feel like trying to run the wrong way up an escalator, so
it’s great that we’re being given a lift!” - Helen
Mort, Escalator 2008 winner
"An inspired innovation" - John
Escalator Literature aims to make the Eastern region a major
driving force for the development of new arts talent, and is open
to writers resident in the Eastern region. Each year writers in
need of support at critical stages in their careers are selected to
benefit from the scheme.
This year Escalator focused on Live Literature for the first
time, and in September five
writers/performers were selected to work
with mentors to create their own one person live literature
show. Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of New Writing Partnership
"We had applications from King’s Lynn to Southend, showing that
that performance poetry, story telling, live literature – what ever
you choose to call it! – really is thriving in the East of England.
The five winners of places on the Escalator Live Literature scheme
this year offer exciting, innovative and challenging visions of the
word can be brought to the stage and we’re very excited about
working with them over the coming year. Watch out for premiers of
their work at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2009!"
The 2008 winners are:
Tim Clare: Norwich, Norfolk
Helen Mort: Cambridge
Molly Naylor: Norwich, Norfolk
Dean Parkin: Beccles, Suffolk
Hannah Walker: Norwich, Norfolk
Each winner will be guided through an Arts Council England
Grants For The Arts bid to support their work and be offered places
on professional development workshops with stars of the live
literature scene, and spend three days working with West End
theatre director James Grieve to hone a 20 minute extract from
their show to be performed at a showcase in May 2009.
Live literature often mixes poetry with comedy or music and an
irreverent look at daily life, with the East showcasing some
particularly strong examples – including John Cooper Clarke, the
original ‘Punk Poet’, whose work has inspired artists from Joy
Division to the Arctic Monkeys; Scroobius Pip, who updates the
genre with his hip-hop/poetry cross-over, and the comic stand-up
poets John Hegley and Luke Wright. However, Live Literature is not
easy to break into, so Escalator 2008 is crucial for those
from the Eastern region who are trying to make their mark.
Find out more about Escalator Literature 2008 mentors:
Courttia Newland, and
Russell Thompson (creator of Rachel Pantechnicon)
Escalator Literature is managed by The New Writing
Partnership on behalf of Arts Council England, East.
on the eligibility criteria for Grants for the Arts
To find previous years' winners of Escalator
Literature, click the links to the left.