A prestigious, annual award established by BBC Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales, along with BBC Writersroom Wales, to support new writing talent.
Each year, the winning writer is awarded a total bursary of £12,000 to cover their year-long placement as Wales Writer in Residence. Over the 12 months they’re in post they’ll be offered two consecutive residencies; an initial 6 months with BBC Cymru Wales including working with BBC Studios, followed by 6 months with National Theatre Wales gaining bespoke mentoring and training, support and development of a script idea for theatre and access to expertise and contacts. In addition their winning script will be commissioned, developed and produced for BBC Radio 4 and/or BBC Sounds.
In 2019, the award’s inaugural year, Keeping Faith writer Matthew Hall will be a guest judge.
This opportunity is open to writers who can represent the culture of Wales with authenticity (for example they may be from, or have lived or worked in Wales). The scheme will be run by BBC Writersroom Wales.
HOW TO ENTER
Details of how to enter can be found here, along with an indication of what the judges will be looking for when they make their sift for the winning entry.
WALES WRITER IN RESIDENCE – ROADSHOW
BBC Writersroom Wales are hosting a number of free but ticketed events for writers, aspiring writers or anyone keen to find out more about the initiative. A senior member of National Theatre Wales’ staff will attend each event, and there’ll be a Q&A with a guest writer.
Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth
Thursday 28 February, 6pm-7.30pm
Yr Egin, Carmarthen
Thursday 14 March, 6pm-7.30pm
For more information on these events, and to book tickets, click here.