City Lit announces winners of the 2022-23 Malorie Blackman ‘Unheard Voices’ Scholarships

City Lit announces winners of the 2022-23 Malorie Blackman ‘Unheard Voices’ Scholarships

23 June 2022
Posted in: Courses, News, Stories

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Malorie Blackman ‘Unheard Voices’ Scholarships – Congratulations to Lee Ong, Sandra Smith and Emily Robb.

City Lit today announced the three winners of the 2022-23 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.

Malorie Blackman said:

“Picking the scholarship recipients was a colossal challenge again this year as each one of the shortlisted applications was so enjoyable to read. The talent and potential was evident across all entries, with some particularly evocative and emotive pieces. Huge congratulations and best of luck to this year’s scholarship recipients. And to all those who entered, keep writing and don’t give up!”

City Lit Fellow Malorie Blackman City Lit Fellow Malorie Blackman
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The three scholarship winners submitted excerpts from their writing entitled:

  • Lee Ong - Environmental Tourette’s
  • Sandra Smith - The Fatted Calf 
  • Emily Robb - The Body Intervenes

City Lit CEO and 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 the next generation of story-tellers, bringing their unique perspectives to the fore.”

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. 

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City Lit provides three annual awards worth up to £1000 each to fund study within the City Lit Creative Writing department.

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