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British Council African Writing Project Comes To Lancaster
Wed 14 May 2003
'Crossing Borders', now a joint British Council & Lancaster University initiative, seeks writers (prose fiction, poetry, scripts and children's/young people's writing) to act as on-line mentors to African writers.
You will be expected to deliver 6 detailed critical responses to the students' writing over a nine-month period, and to encourage their development and self-awareness within an established and successful framework. The project will project a sense of contemporary British and African writing through the development of new website resources and we are particularly interested in reflecting the cultural diversity of literature in a contemporary UK.

The students will be English speaking and selected locally through the British Council offices in Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Person spec.
i) Published, in book form.
ii) Experienced creative writing teacher.
iii) Email competent and confident.
iv) A warm, personal writing style and cultural sensitivity.
v) Available to respond regularly and resident in the UK for the next year.
vi) Willing to undertake some induction and training.

Application by letter and CV, which should include the names and addresses of two referees, to Dr. Graham Mort, C12 Lonsdale College, as below.

'Crossing Borders' is an online creative writing development scheme which has been piloted successfully in Uganda over the past two years. The project grew out of a British Council residency at the University of Makerere in 2001. Its aim is to aid a new generation of African writers working in English to develop their creative writing skills.

Graham Mort, freelance writer and distance learning specialist, devised the pilot project in Kampala and has remained as leader of the scheme. In October 2002 he took up a post as director of postgraduate studies in creative writing at Lancaster University and began consultations to situate the project here. Graham has just returned form a series of workshops and planning meetings which took him to Malawi, Uganda and Kenya. The next phase of the project has now been agreed and will involve a significant extension of activity.

In 2003, the scheme will expand to take in more young writers from other Anglophone African countries. Students will be able to develop their writing through email tutorials and a new, dedicated website designed at Lancaster University. Participating countries will include Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia. In 2004 it is hoped that South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana will joint he scheme, making it a pan-African initiative on an unprecedented scale.

From April 2003 the project will become a British Council/Lancaster University collaboration and preparations are now under way to establish the management and action-research elements of the projects in the English & Creative Writing Department. A team of 'offshore' tutors - all professional writers - is being recruited to deliver the project and it is anticipated that the next phase of development will last for three years.

Contact Information:
Lancaster University
Contact Name:
Dr Graham Mort 01524 594166
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