A plan allowing every secondary school in Glasgow to celebrate the city's annual book festival, a five-month plot to create a poetry festival for 500 children in the West Midlands and therapeutic creative writing sessions across the North-West are among schemes which will receive almost £100,000 in funding, the Clore Duffield Foundation has announced.
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The grant-awarding cultural charity will support 14 organisations through its Poetry and Literature Awards, which has allocated its second round of funding to recipients including Artichoke Trust for InTents – a series of artist residencies in schools teaching English and Art and Design – and The English and Media Centre for Poetry Player, which will develop a free mobile phone poetry App with the help of two North London schools.
A new outreach project in the Cumbria town of Kendal will also see 24 prodigies take part in a dedicated mentoring scheme for young writers as part of a collaboration with the Wordsworth Trust which has won £10,000.
All 29 secondary schools in Glasgow will produce a magazine alongside Glasgow Libraries’ annual book festival, Aye Write, with an award of more than £6,000, and a "core group" of ten young people from the West Midlands will mastermind and curate a one-day poetry festival thanks to £10,000 in backing.
"We want all young people to experience the power of literature, whether within or outside school, and whatever their circumstances," explained Dame Vivien Duffield, who said judges had been "amazed" at the "array of applications" which had vied for the latest grants.
"We are delighted to be funding such a diverse range of projects, which reach out to so many children and young people in such varied ways."
Groups receiving new support will be decided twice a year between now and 2015, providing £1 million in total.