Donate towards the Crenham Award or Kevin Jackson Award
Arvon’s Crenham Award enables vulnerable and marginalised young people and adults to be mentored by highly respected authors on an Arvon Writing Week. The Crenham Award honours the vision of Arvon’s co-founder, the late John Moat, to increase access to literature and creative writing for marginalised young people and adults. We believe that immersing yourself in creative writing nourishes the imagination, and deepens the connection to self and to the world, helping to create new possibilities and change.
The name Crenham comes from the home that he shared with his wife Antoinette for nearly fifty years. Nestled in a steep, wooded valley in north Devon, Crenham Mill was John’s retreat and a special place that inspired his artistic endeavour.
Join us by making a donation, and we’ll keep you updated on the creative journey of the beneficiaries.
“The space to write, guided by published authors, was invaluable. Participants were encouraged to pursue excellence, to stretch the limits of their writing ability. This wasn’t diversionary, time-filling activity but real art – challenging and ambitious. We are excited by the idea of a three year partnership with Arvon. We can’t wait to see the work that comes out of it!” —Peter Naylor, the Coordinator of the programme
You can donate to The Crenham Award by credit or debit card, using the form below:
The Kevin Jackson Award
Arvon’s Kevin Jackson award enables a state school group from a disadvantaged area to participate in a week-long creative writing course at The Hurst in Shropshire. The Award is in memory of tutor Kevin Jackson, whose impact on those he taught was often life-changing. One of his happiest times was tutoring creative writing for a group of state school students at The Hurst in 2011.
Following Kevin’s passing in 2021, the Kevin Jackson Award was established in his name to bring a group of state school children to Arvon. The initial funding came from his estate and other donations, especially from Claire Preston, to whom Arvon is deeply grateful. The Award significantly contributed to the costs of tutoring, accommodation, travel and much more for a group of young writers in 2022, who variously described their residential week as “amazing”, “joyful”, and “the best week of our lives”.
The aim is to continue the Kevin Jackson Award for future generations. For this, we need your help.
Join us by making a donation, and we’ll keep you updated on the young people who will benefit from your generosity.
You can donate to The Kevin Jackson Award by credit or debit card, using the form below: