It is with pleasure that New Writing South announces the appointment of Sharon Duggal and Sara Beadle as Programme Managers. Sharon and Sara will be working together to develop an outstanding programme of activity that responds to the needs and ambitions of writers in southeast England.
Both Sara and Sharon bring significant skills and experience to the organisation. Together they look forward to delivering a creative and development programme which will ensure that writers from all backgrounds participate and enrich the writing community with their diverse sensibilities and perspectives.
Sharon has extensive experience in reader and writer development, communications and business development over a 23 year career. She is the former Co-Director of Centerprise Literature Project and was most recently Head of Communications at South East Dance. She is currently Creative Future’s writer in residence at Preston Park Recovery Centre, and is the author of acclaimed novel The Handsworth Times. The focus of Sharon’s career has been to break down barriers to engagement, and she has particular experience of working with vulnerable or marginalised groups.
Sara has over thirteen years’ development and curatorial experience within the literature sector, having previously worked as Programmes Director at Writing West Midlands, where she directed the Birmingham Literature Festival, and as a consultant with Nottingham Festival of Literature and Writing East Midlands. Sara is passionate about developing writers, including children and young people, and has a particular interest in understanding the challenges facing disabled writers.
Chief Executive Lesley Wood said of the new appointments. “I am delighted to welcome Sharon and Sara to New Writing South and am excited about the particular blend of knowledge and experience they bring. Over the next few months they will work with our team at New Writing South to build new and existing partnerships, and design a dynamic and responsive programme of events and projects.”