The Royal Literary Fund Fellowship scheme was conceived with the intention of placing professional writers in higher education institutions to offer writing support to all students. The principal aim of the Fellow's work is to foster good writing practice across disciplines and media. Each year Queen Mary University of London plays host to three Royal Literary Fund Fellows, who offer one-to-one tutorials to students and staff on all aspects of their writing. The scheme is co-ordinated by Learning Development.
For more information about the Royal Literary Fund, and the Fellowship scheme, take a look here.
RLF Fellows 2018/2019
We are happy to welcome back David Watson and to introduce two new Fellows to QMUL for the 2018-2019 academic year, Andrew Martin and Rahila Gupta.
David Watson is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His work has been staged at venues including the Royal Court and the Bush in London, and Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. Having written poems and stories for as long as he can remember, he began writing for the stage as a teenager, as part of Birmingham Rep’s Transmissions scheme for young writers.
His early work focused on the lives and concerns of young people, most significantly in Flight Path (2007), about the relationship between a teenage boy and his learning-disabled brother. By Pieces of Vincent (2010), he had extended his canvas, journeying across the British Isles from County Down to London, in an exploration of how a collage of individuals are united by one act of terrorism.
He has collaborated extensively with community companies, including Only Connect, for whom he has written plays that were developed and performed by both former and serving prisoners. For the Big House company, he worked with young people on the point of leaving the care system on pieces including The Realness (2014), his first foray into musical theatre. For television, he wrote for three series of L8R (2008–13), an educational drama that was awarded three Children’s BAFTAs. Other screen work includes The Hope Rooms, a short film that premiered in 2016.
Currently he is under commission to the Birmingham Rep and the Royal Court, and is also collaborating on new musical and film projects. He lives in North-East London with his wife and son.