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The Kevin Elyot Award: a writer's residency in the University of Bristol Theatre Collection

The University of Bristol Theatre Collection is delighted to announce that applications are open for the Kevin Elyot Award. This annual award will support a promising writer by enabling them to be resident in the Theatre Collection and begin the process of creating a new work inspired by Kevin's archive, which may be a dramatic, creative, or academic piece of writing.

The award comprises £3,000 to fund the residency for four weeks (which may be consecutive or split) and will also offer support with research and public dissemination of the work. The award has been generously funded by an endowment given to the University by members of Kevin's family.

Kevin Elyot (1951-2014) was a Bristol alumnus (Drama Department) who started his career as an actor, but went on to achieve great success through his ground-breaking plays and adaptations. The Kevin Elyot Archive is held at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection and comprises scripts, correspondence, manuscript and publicity material detailing Kevin's working process from initial idea to finished product. His process for adapting novels for television is well documented in the archive, whilst the content relating to his plays, including the seminal My Night with Reg, demonstrates his creative process and the particular emphasis he placed on the importance of style and form within a play.

It is hoped the award will celebrate Kevin's life and work and the influence he has had on theatre and, through it, will enable a new generation of writers to find creative inspiration in the archive.

Further details of the award and application process are at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/news/2017/the-kevin-elyot-award-a-writers-residency-applications-open.html

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