Jewish Book Week - Genesis Foundation

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In April 2021, the Genesis Foundation and Jewish Book Week (JBW) announced a new programme to champion and support emerging writers in the UK.

The Genesis Jewish Book Week Emerging Writers’ Programme offers bursaries and mentorship to ten emerging writers over 18 years of age, of any background, writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Mentors participating in the 2021/22 programme are Tracy ChevalierBenjamin Markovits & AD Miller (fiction); Sam Leith & Kavita Puri (journalism); Caroline MooreheadGeorge Prochnik & Cathy Rentzenbrink (non-fiction); and  Sophie Herxheimer George Szirtes (poetry). In addition, the successful applicants will have sessions with Elif Shafak, novelist and TED Global speaker; Adam Freudenheim, publisher of Puskin Press and previously Penguin Classics; and agents from The Blair Partnership, whose clients include JK Rowling, Rafael Behr and Pete Townshend.

Claudia Rubenstein, Director, Jewish Book Week, said:

“As Jewish Book Week enters its 70th year, we are delighted to be working with the Genesis Foundation in offering mentorship and support to emerging writers. Our annual festival celebrates the wealth and diversity of writing talent within the Jewish community, and this new programme seeks to draw on the expertise of our festival speakers to foster and develop the careers of new writers from all backgrounds. We are tremendously excited to discover the poets, authors and journalists who will form the Genesis Emerging Writers cohort of 2021.”

John Studzinski CBE, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, said:

“We are thrilled to partner with Jewish Book Week on this special project in our 20th anniversary year. It goes to the heart of what we have been doing for two decades: supporting and nurturing creative and emerging talent. Jewish Book Week provides a powerful intellectual framework for the programme. As a devout Christian, I am delighted to be working within the parameters of the Abrahamic faiths to promote culture and creativity. It highlights one of the UK’s great strengths – literature and the spoken word – which we must keep encouraging and developing.”

The ten selected emerging writers in the inaugural programme are:

Sara Doctors, Sophie Dumont, Madeleine Dunnigan, Linda Ford, Philip Glassborow, Fiona Monahan, Eleanor Myerson, Julie Noble, Karen Skinazi and Guy Stagg.

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