Room 204

 Writing West Midlands recently selected me for their prestigious Room 204 scheme. Each year, between 10 and 15 emerging writers are accepted onto the programme to receive creative networking opportunities and professional guidance. 

I am so delighted to be part of Room 204, and I hope to make the most of it!

Image: Paul Stringer. Back row l-r: Ashok Patel, Louise Palfreyman, Jasmine Gardosi, Rosemary Sgroi, Anna Selby, Stephanie Hutton, Susan James, Cynthia Miller, Chris Akers. Front row l-r: Rhoda Greaves, Lerah Mae Barcenilla, Roz Goddard, Olga Dermott, Nina Lewis. Jane Roberts, not present, is also on this year's scheme.

Image: Paul Stringer

Image: Paul Stringer

Room 204 is one of the most exciting aspects of our work. It’s an opportunity for us to directly support and influence the careers of writers in the region, many of whom we believe will go on to become significant in their areas, regionally and nationally.
— Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive, Writing West Midlands

As part of the scheme, writers receive expert support and may also participate in events like the annual Birmingham Literature Festival and National Writers' Conference. I'm looking forward to sharing my skills and collaborating with some absolutely amazing people. It's a fantastic opportunity.

Time alone is essential for crafting your best work. I am determined to complete my novel, but am also very happy to be part of something bigger. Room 204 allows poets and writers of different forms and genres to join together, fostering excellence across the region. 

Writers work mainly by themselves, and yet so much can be achieved when we get our heads together. Ideas don't always come so easily in isolation, and we can learn so much from each other. May we go forth and do amazing things with our creativity!