The Kevin Elyot Award is an annual award of £3,000 given to support a writer-in-residence at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection.
It is made in memory of Kevin Elyot (1951-2014) – an alumnus of the University Drama Department – and the influence he has had on writing and the Arts.
It is hoped that the award will enable a writer to be inspired by his work and help them develop their own practice.
The Kevin Elyot Archive is held at the Theatre Collection, and comprises scripts, correspondence, manuscript and publicity material detailing Elyot’s working process from initial idea to finished product.
The award has been generously funded by an endowment given to the University by members of Kevin’s family.
The award will support a promising writer, practitioner or scholar to begin the process of creating a new written work. The award holder will use the Kevin Elyot Archive as well as other holdings within the Theatre Collection to inspire a new dramatic work or other creative or academic outcome.
Further details of the award and application process can be found here. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 31 May.
Last year’s winner was spoken word poet, writer and performer Deanna Rodger. She said: “I have many more days to be spent in the archives. As a space in and of itself it is welcoming and peaceful, and as a historical resource it is transformational.
“I will pry a little deeper/wider into his archive but am happy to of reached this place where I am inspired to leave an artefact which will navigate people through my poems in years to come.”