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We are committed to giving under represented writers a voice. This residency is to discover new writers of African or African Caribbean heritage over 18 who live, work or study in Birmingham and The Black Country.

About the residency

There are TWO residencies in APRIL and JUNE 2022. One residency per writer is available. 

Residency dates: Monday 25th April to Friday 29th April OR Monday 20th June to Friday 24th June.

The writer must also attend an orientation day in March 2022, to be agreed. Travel and overnight B&B accommodation plus expenses will be available for this day.

Accommodation dates: Sunday 24th April to Thursday 28th April 2022 OR Sunday 19th June to Thursday 23rd June 2022.


The residency writer will stay at The King’s Arms, Dorchester, only a short walk from the museum, where Hardy met and entertained friends.


The writer will receive

  • £500 residency fee
  • Five days in residence at Dorset Museum
  • £500 Tools Of The Trade donation towards a laptop, course or other professional development
  • 45 minute one-to-one session with author Kit de Waal
  • Feedback on up to 3,000 words of prose fiction from Tinder Press
  • Extra assistance expenses available if required
  • Daily expenses
  • £125 travel assistance
  • Five nights B&B accommodation at The King’s Arms, Dorchester
  • Free entry to the Bridport Prize international writing competition

How to apply

Writers must submit 1,000 words of creative prose fiction, for example, the opening of a novel or part of a short story (not narrative poetry, essays or journalism) AND 500 words about How I would spend my residency time.

Who can apply?

• Unpublished writers

• Self-published authors

• Published writers of individual stories or novel extracts

Please do NOT apply if:

• You are a newly published writer

• You have a literary agent

• You have published a book length work such as a novel or short story collection

We look forward to reading your words.

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