Escalator Literature 2008/9

To find previous years' winners of Escalator Literature , click the link to the left.

"An inspired innovation" - John Hegley

Escalator Literature 2008/9 will focus on live literature (performance poetry, spoken word, story telling, anything that makes the written word live)

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 will be crucial for those from the Eastern region who are trying to make their mark.

Five writers/performers will be selected and will work with one of our five mentors to create their own one person live literature show. They will be guided through an Arts Council England Grants For The Arts bid to support their work , 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.

Escalator Literature 2008 mentors/judges are:

Francesca Beard, Matt Harvey, Aöife Mannix, Courttia Newland, and Russell Thompson (creator of Rachel Pantechnicon)


• Writers must be resident in the East of England. This comprises Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and the unitary authorities of Peterborough, Luton, Thurrock and Southend

• Employees of the New Writing Partnership are not eligible to apply

Information on the eligibility criteria for Grants for the Arts awards can be found on the Arts Council England website:


In order for us to assess both your performance and your written work, to apply please send:

1. Samples of your work in performance (3 poems/pieces on an Audio CD).

2. The texts of the 3 poems/pieces as hard copy. (Not hand-written please)

3. A professional reference (up to 300 words) on the value of your work and your suitability for inclusion in the Escalator Scheme from a professional working in the sector, this can include a fellow professional,  promoter,  producer or  venue manager

4. An outline of the proposed work to be developed ( up to 450 words) which must include your contact details and myspace or website if applicable

Escalator Live Literature, New Writing Partnership, 4-6 Netherconesford, 93-95 Kings Street
Norwich, NR1 1PW

31st July 2008 was the closing date for entries, successful applicants will be informed by the end of September