A Grant for my Art!

Posted: October 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »
Arts Council Grant Award

Arts Council Grant Award

I applied for an individual artist award (literature) from the Arts Council several months ago. It was a process – writing the proposal and gathering references and the rationale for my ‘project’. And it was tough trying to work out what I was ‘worth’ per day/per hour as a writer.

With two novels under my belt (one unpublished and one published) I have worked tirelessly for the last six years and so far earned around £1000. NO – I have not missed off a zero or two. Hard work, dedication, discipline and very little money are what characterise the life of the literary fiction writer.

So when I got the letter from the Arts Council yesterday saying ‘YES’ they would support the completion of my current novel over the next 12 months… I danced and sang and smiled a lot. I am utterly delighted and full of gratitude. Thank you Arts Council.