We worked with the TLC and Rebecca Swift on the Summer Digital Party back in 2015. She as a remarkable woman, and hearing that she had died last year was absolutely devastating, we still miss her greatly. Aki Shilz who now runs the TLC is doing an amazing job, and this foundation is just another thing she has done to continue Rebecca’s legacy. Here’s some more information:
The Literary Consultancy (TLC), founded by the late Rebecca Swift, has set up the Rebecca Swift Foundation in her memory. The foundation, a registered charity, will run the Women Poets’ Prize, a biennial award and mentorship programme.
Three winners of the prize will receive a programme of support and creative professional development opportunities in collaboration with seven partner organisations: Faber, Bath Spa University, the Literary Consultancy, RADA, City Lit, Verve Festival, and the Poetry School. The support involves poetry mentoring as well as pastoral coaching. There is also a cash prize of £1,000.
The foundation and the prize will be formally announced on 9 June at the Second Home Poetry Festival. Prize applications will open then.
Victoria Adukwei Bulley is project manager of the Rebecca Swift Foundation, and there is a board of trustees.
Rebecca Swift died in April 2017, at the age of 53.
(This story first appeared in BookBrunch on 21st May 2018 and is repeated here with TLC’s permission)