The Royal Literary Fund (RLF) is a charity, founded in 1790, for the relief of poor and distressed authors, but also to aid the advancement of public education.
In 2000, the RLF set up a scheme of Fellowships at universities and colleges. An RLF Fellowship lasts for one academic year and involves one-to-one tutorials, held on two days a week, which help students develop their academic and expository writing skills, focussing on such issues as researching and structuring essays, clear presentation and expression, writing abstracts and CVs. There may also be occasional seminars but in general the rest of the week is free for the Fellow to concentrate on her or his own work.
Applications are welcomed from playwrights, poets, translators, biographers, novelists, science writers, historians and any other published writers, and should be made directly to:
The Royal Literary Fund
3 Johnson's Court
London EC4A 3EA
Tel: 0171 353 7160
The current Royal Literary Fund Fellows at UEA are Sue Teddern, Nick Caistor and Raffaella Barker.
There will be a chance to hear readings from all of the RLF Fellows on October 17th 2011.
Sue, Nick and Raffaella offer one-to-one tutorials on all aspects of essay writing (including dissertations and theses); expression of ideas; construction of arguments; grammar; style; presentation. Students from all Schools at UEA are welcome. THIS SERVICE IS FREE.
How to make an appointment
Surgeries are held with Sue Teddern on Mondays, Nick Caistor on Tuesdays and Raffaella Barker on Thursdays and certain Wednesdays, all in Arts 2.45. To book an appointment simply add your name to the list outside Arts 2.45 or email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
RLF Fellows do not deal with EFL students, or with learning difficulties such as dyslexia. For this kind of assistance please contact the Dean of Students Office. RLF Fellows do not offer a proof-reading service.
Sue has been a writer for TV and radio for over 20 years. Her many radio dramas include: soloparentpals.com, In Mates, Sad Girl and From Galway to Graceland. Her TV writing credits include: My Family, Birds of a Feather, Bosom Pals, Sister Frances (co-written with Jo Brand) and Happy Together.
Sue is an experienced lecturer in creative writing and has co-tutored numerous courses at the Arvon Foundation. She has lectured in screenwriting, radio drama and sitcom at Central School of Speech & Drama, Anglia Ruskin University, City University and Norwich University College of the Arts. She was screenwriter-in-residence, University of Exeter, from 2002 to 2007 and also taught the MA module Developing the Feature Screenplay. Sue was a Fellow at University of Essex in 2009/10.
Nick is a translator, journalist and author of non-fiction books. He has translated some 40 books from Spanish and Portuguese. These include Paulo Coelho, Eduardo Mendoza, Juan Marsé and Manuel Vázquez Montalban.
He has twice been awarded the Valle-Inclán prize for translation, while his recent short biography of Che Guevara (Macmillan) was praised as ‘a biography of Che Guevara for grown-ups'. He has also published a ‘Critical Life' of the Mexican poet Octavio Paz (Reaktion Books) and a cultural history of Mexico City (Signal Books).
He is currently writing a study of the Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and translating several of the new generation of Argentinian writers. As a journalist, he has presented and produced many programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, and contributes regularly to the TLS and the Guardian.
Raffaella Barker is the author of nine novels and her most recently published novel is Poppyland. She is currently working on a new book scheduled for publication in early 2013.
As well as writing novels she runs regular creative writing workshops and contributes to newspapers and magazines including the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph, the Eastern Daily Press and Harpers Bazaar. She lives and works in Norfolk.
The Fellowship Co-ordinator is Professor Jean Boase-Beier, who can also be contacted with informal questions about the RLF Fellowships at UEA, on 01603 593360. Further information can be found at the RLF website.