City Lit announces winners of the 2024-25 Malorie Blackman Unheard Voices Scholarships

City Lit Writing
Published: 30 May 2024
City Lit announces winners of the 2024-25 Malorie Blackman Unheard Voices Scholarships

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Malorie Blackman Unheard Voices Scholarships – Congratulations to Trudy Mensah and Piyumi Kapugeekiyana and Stacy Ashworth.

City Lit today announced the three winners of the 2024-25 Malorie Blackman Scholarships for Unheard Voices. City Lit provides three annual awards worth up to £1000 each to fund study within the City Lit Creative Writing department. The awards seek to support and encourage the creative and professional development of unheard voices. The final award winners have been carefully selected by acclaimed writer, City Lit Fellow and Patron of the School of Humanities & Sciences, Malorie Blackman OBE.

The three scholarship winners submitted excerpts from their writing entitled:

  • Stones - Trudy Mensah  
  • The Remnants of Me - Stacy Ashworth     
  • Prodigal of a Teardrop Isle - Piyumi Kapugeekiyana   
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Malorie Blackman - photographer Dominic Harris
I want to congratulate each and every one of the finalists for making my task so difficult this year! The stories were a mix of subjects, tone, genre but they were all riveting, evocative and compelling and as such made the selection process that much harder. I wish each and every finalist success with their stories and encourage them to continue with their writing.
Malorie Blackman

City Lit Fellow Malorie Blackman said:

“I want to congratulate each and every one of the finalists for making my task so difficult this year!  The stories were a mix of subjects, tone, genre but they were all riveting, evocative and compelling and as such made the selection process that much harder.  I wish each and every finalist success with their stories and encourage them to continue with their writing.” 

CEO and Principal Mark Malcomson CBE said:

“City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson CBE said, “Creative Writing has an amazing heritage and pedigree at City Lit with so many famous writers having enhanced their craft with us over the last 100 years. Malorie Blackman is one of our most famous alumni and a huge inspiration to all of us. Her relationship with City Lit shows how important creative writing courses can be in a writer’s career. We are thrilled to announce our winners for the Malorie Blackman Unheard Voices Scholarships and to have our dear friend Malorie personally selecting the winners. We’re so excited to uncover a new generation of storytellers and bring their unique perspectives to the fore.”

About Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman has a long connection with City Lit as a former student attending diverse courses since the late 1980s. Having written over fifty books, Malorie is acknowledged, as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers; works which further translate into captivating stories for fans of all ages on the small screen. She has been recognised with numerous honours for her work and in 2008 received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. 

Creative Writing Scholarship for Unheard Voices

City Lit’s Malorie Blackman Scholarships for Unheard Voices provides three annual awards worth up to £1000 each to fund study within the City Lit Creative Writing department. The awards seek to support and encourage the creative and professional development of Unheard Voices. The final award winners are selected by acclaimed writer, City Lit fellow and Patron of the School of Culture and Communication, Malorie Blackman OBE. 

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City Lit announces winners of the 2024-25 Malorie Blackman Unheard Voices Scholarships