The RLF speech by Kerry Young

Join us for the annual keynote speech by Award-winning writer Kerry Young. This event is sponsored by The Royal Literary Fund.

Kerry Young is the author of three novels: Pao (Bloomsbury, 2011) shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Book Prize and the East Midlands Book Award; Gloria (Bloomsbury, 2013) longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award and nominated for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Show Me A Mountain (Bloomsbury, 2016).

Kerry is also a Reader and Mentor for The Literary Consultancy and a tutor for the Arvon Foundation. She is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of English at The University of Nottingham, and Honorary Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Leicester.

This exclusive talk is sponsored by The Royal Literary Fund

The Royal Literary Fund was set up in 1790 to help professional authors. Past beneficiaries have included Coleridge, Joseph Conrad, D H Lawrence and Dylan Thomas.  Last year it helped 200 writers, though not all of them are quite so famous yet. In 1999 a Fellowship scheme was established to place writers in universities to help students with their writing skills.  Since it began it has placed 450 writers in posts at 120 higher education institutions across the UK.