Established in 2001 to encourage and support creative writing Established in 2001 to encourage and support creative writing

The Lorna Sage Memorial Fund was established in 2001 at the University of East Anglia to encourage and support work in areas connected to Lorna Sage's particular interests, and work that contributes to the remembrance and furtherance of Lorna Sage's work.

The establishment of the Lorna Sage Memorial Fund was made possible by the support and generosity of many individual donors, and by that of Harper Collins, publishers of Bad Blood (2001), which won the Whitbread Prize for biography and the J.R. Ackerley Prize for autobiography and, posthumously, of Moments of Truth (2001) and Good As Her Word (2003).

Lorna Sage as a young child with fair hair in plaits. Lorna Sage with her little daughter Sharon and husband Vic. Lorna Sage as a teenager with a macaw on her shoulder.

Research Project Awards

The Lorna Sage Memorial Fund supports research projects with awards of up to £2000. Such awards are made at the discretion of the Lorna Sage Memorial Fund committee, which is based in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.  

In 2010 Nicoletta Demetriou received a Lorna Sage Memorial Fund research project award.  Nicoletta Demetriou was born and brought up in Nicosia, Cyprus, not very far from where Lawrence Durrell lived and worked. She was educated in Greece, Austria, and the UK, and now lives in London. As a singer of Cypriot folksong she performed in small villages around Cyprus while doing fieldwork for her research. She holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is currently studying for an MA in Life Writing at the University of East Anglia.
Read about Nicoletta's project

Research project award applicant guidelines:

The academic judges of the Lorna Sage Memorial committee will favour fields close to the work of Lorna Sage, for example research into Life Writing, or Twentieth Century fiction.  These awards are made to postgraduate literature students studying in, or in the process of applying to, the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.  Awards of varying sums may be made at the discretion of the Lorna Sage Memorial committee.

Applicants should submit:

  1. a letter of introduction from you that summarises the project and states whether you are a current UEA Literature student or which UEA Literature course you have applied to;
  2. a summary CV of no more than two pages;
  3. an outline of the proposed project (of no more than 5,000 words), including the main goal of the project;
  4. a budget with details of what the funding will be used for;
  5. a timescale for completing the project, showing key dates/milestones for the project.

No additional documentation will be considered as part of an application.  The deadline for applications is 30th April every year and the successful applicant will be informed by the end of June.

Applications should be sent to:

The Lorna Sage Memorial Fund
School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich
NR4 7TJ

Lorna Sage Memorial Fund Prizes

In addition to research project awards, the Lorna Sage Memorial Fund supports a prize of up to £500 for work of outstanding merit by students of the two MA courses with which Lorna herself was particularly associated - Studies in Fiction, and Life Writing.  The prizes will be confirmed at the final MA exam board and the recipients informed shortly afterwards.

Lorna Sage Archive

The University's archive collections are generally available to scholars and to interested members of the public. Arrangements to visit should be made in advance, and written application is advised.
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