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Announcing the recipient of the John Harwood Bosworth Creative Writing Bursary

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is delighted to announce that local writer Lucy Grace is the recipient of The John Harwood Bosworth Creative Writing Bursary.


As a result, Lucy has been given the opportunity to study an MA in Creative Writing, take part in a one-to-one editorial session at Penguin Random House, and will be receiving Blackwell’s vouchers. This generous package has been provided thanks to the support of Maureen Bosworth and Geof and Diana Bosworth, in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature (NUCoL).

As a Nottinghamshire resident with a passion for creative writing, Lucy was the unanimous choice of the selection panel.  As well as writing herself, Lucy helps others and is currently a support tutor for Writing East Midlands where she works with older people, using writing to build a sense of community and wellbeing.

In her application, Lucy identified what she would hope to gain from this transformative opportunity, highlighting her enthusiasm for discovering new subjects, hearing new opinions and learning more about trends in contemporary writing.  She told us: “I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to study at NTU and learn from some of the most skilled people in the field. I love writing and reading but have never had any formal tuition.”

She continued: “Without the generous bursary and exciting package provided by the Bosworth family I could not afford to study or extend my creative writing knowledge and skills. Nottingham is very fortunate to have the status of UNESCO City of Literature, and in these difficult times we need creativity more than ever. I hope one day to be able to help someone as they have helped me.”

As a member of NTU’s postgraduate learning community Lucy will have access to placement opportunities and career advice and the support of her peers as well as her tutors.

The John Harwood Bosworth Creative Writing Bursary has been established in memory of Diana Bosworth’s father-in-law, John Bosworth, who passed away in August 2019. NTU has created this bursary package in close collaboration with NUCoL, who have greatly enhanced this wonderful opportunity with their experience and their connections to Penguin Random House.

NUCoL is a passionate advocate for reading and writing in the city and works closely with NTU to provide opportunities for students to gain experiences in the sector and to express themselves creatively.

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature is one of NTU's cultural strategic partners – we work closely together to connect students and staff with projects and opportunities.

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