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The Eluned Phillips Writing Bursary

We are delighted to announce an exciting new scholarship for Welsh writers, the Eluned Phillips Centenary Writing Bursary.

image A celebration of the centenary of the birth of Sara Adeline Eluned Phillips (1914–2009), the bursary will enable one talented new writer born in or living in Wales to take up a fully funded place on Curtis Brown Creative’s next online novel-writing course with Conville & Walsh author Lisa O’Donnell.

Eluned, from Cenarth, was only the second woman to win the Crown at the National Eisteddfod. She was known and loved as a wonderful storyteller and raconteur, and also for her outspoken opinions. She would often go to Paris to stay with Edith Piaf, and once visited Pablo Picasso’s studios to see him working on Guernica - a painting she declared ‘a bit of a mess.’ She also knew Dylan Thomas, though she thought him ‘a rude little man, always with drink taken and his hand out for a few bob.’

The funding for the Eluned Phillips Writing Bursary has been raised by her friends, family and close associates – including our reader David Llewelyn. Further monies have been distributed to the local primary school at Cenarth to fund pupil projects.

Anna Davis, Managing Director of Curtis Brown Creative says: ‘We’re very grateful to the friends and family of Eluned Phillips for opening up this opportunity for a writer from Wales, and excited at the prospect of discovering some great writing!’

Eluned’s memoir was published in 2007. The book ends with her mischievously standing in the wet concrete of the Millennium Centre, then under construction in the Cardiff Bay. Her advice to young writers was: ‘Try to make as many footprints in the concrete as you can - and treasure them.’

18 Sep 2014