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Desiree Reynolds award £10,000 for second novel

Author of Seduce, Desiree Reynolds, has been granted £10,000 by Arts Council England as part of the Develop Your Creative Practice Scheme.

The £14.4m fund is specifically designed to support independent creative practitioners, in recognition of the fact that Project Grants aren't always suitable for solo professional development or time to write. Unlike Project Grants, the money from DYCP doesn't require an artist to show their work at the end; it's purely for artists to take their work in new and exciting directions without the pressure to deliver.

Desiree will be working on her second novel, which revolves around the collapse of a plantation during the Haitian Revolution, and a collection of short stories. We're excited to see what she writes!

Speaking to the Sheffield Telegraph, she said, 'My aim is to try and give voice to the silences that go unnoticed.

'With the novel I want to look at the collapse of a plantation system from the people most affected by it, the women. And for the short story collection, part of which will be locating Saartje Baartman in her temporary Manchester home in 1811. What happened there? Who could she have been in that different space?

'I recognise that I’m concerned with these themes and I hope I can do justice to the lives that lived them.'

Director North of ACE Pete Massey said: 'Our Developing your Creative Practice fund is helping to unlock the talent from which our world class cultural sector originates. It is providing time for individuals from a range of creative practices and backgrounds to explore and develop – and it’s a very exciting point in the careers of the eight artists from across Yorkshire who we’re supporting through this first round.'

Read more at the Sheffield Telegraph.

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