The Eluned Phillips Centenary Writing Bursary
A new writing bursary has been announced in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Sara Adeline Eluned Phillips (1914–2009). One talented new writer born in or living in Wales will be offered a fully-funded place on Curtis Brown Creative’s next online novel-writing course.
Eluned, from Cenarth, on the Ceredigion side of the River Teifi, was only the second woman to win the Crown at the National Eisteddfod; firstly in 1967 and again in 1983. It was for this remarkable feat that she was most admired in her native Wales. She was known and loved as a wonderful storyteller and raconteur, and also for her sharp wit. Her stories of life in London and Paris, rubbing shoulders with such luminaries as Augustus John, Dylan Thomas, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso and Edith Piaf – to whom she was a close friend – were legendary. Many of her stories are included in her memoir The Reluctant Redhead, published by Gomer Press (2007) and written in a matter of weeks on her trusty computer, ‘shenkin’, which she acquired at the age of 90.
The Eluned Phillips Centenary Writing Bursary will provide the full fee (£1,300) for a writer born in or living in Wales to participate in Curtis Brown Creative’s three-month Online Novel-Writing Course, which begins on 3rd November 2014. Applicants are invited to submit the opening 3,000 words of their novel-in-progress plus a one-page synopsis by midnight at the end of 22nd October 2014. The winning writer will be notified by 24th October.
The funding for the Eluned Phillips Writing Bursary has been raised by her friends, family and close associates. Further monies have been distributed to the local primary school at Cenarth to fund pupil projects.