Spread the Word is pleased to welcome three new Flight 1000 Associates to the team for 2017: Remi-Lyn Browne, JJ Bola and Henry Brefo.
Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and managed by Spread the Word, Flight 1000 is a year-long training and development scheme for writers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in publishing.
Flight 1000 Associates receive a £10,000 bursary and participate in: placements at Oneworld and Jacaranda, meetings with Granta, training courses at the PTC, editing and publishing online short fiction journal Flight Journal alongside receiving one to one mentoring. Previous Associates are now working in editorial and archiving positions at publishing houses including: Penguin Random House, Harper Collins and Influx Press.
Remi-Lyn Browne, Flight 1000 Associate 2017 says:
“I’d like to gain more editing experience first and foremost from this year, I want to be able to understand what it is really like to work in the publishing industry in an editorial capacity. I think if we have more diverse editors to work with diverse writers we will have more diverse writing on our bookshelves and in our publishing houses. I’m hoping to be part of that.”
Spread the Word Director Ruth Harrison says:
“Spread the Word is pleased to welcome Remi-Lyn, Henry and JJ to the team, and we are looking forward to what the year of opportunities and involvement with key partners will bring. It’s more important than ever that the publishing industry works together to reflect the rich diversity of our society. Flight 1000 is a serious game-changer for the Associates.”
Henry Brefo is a freelance editor and co-founder of Afrikult, with a deep passion to bring more rich and diverse voices to the literary scene. JJ Bola is a writer whose debut novel A Place to Call Home will be published by OWN IT in June 2017, and is a recipient of a Kit de Waal Creative Writing MA Scholarship at Birkbeck University. Remi-Lyn Browne is a poet and writer, a member of the SIXWEEKS creative collective and co-founded AZ Mag, a journal focusing on the LGBT BAME experience
Henry Brefo says that Flight 1000 is “a truly exciting adventure, which I’m deeply fortunate to have been granted the privilege to be part of.”
JJ Bola says:
“I’m really excited about the Flight 1000 Associate scheme with Spread the Word. It’s an incredible opportunity to gain more experience, as well greater access to the publishing industry and to expand my skills, not just as a writer, but as a publishing professional.”
Oneworld publisher Juliet Mabey says:
“As an industry, publishing has rightly been criticised for being too white and too middle class. The fact is, if publishers are to produce books that both showcase the diverse range of voices to be found here in Britain, and speak to the lives and experiences of our minority communities, then we must do more to ensure our staff are more reflective of the readers we seek to represent and reach out to. Oneworld are proud to support Spread the Word’s Flight 1000 scheme, which is taking active steps for positive change, providing opportunities to those who would otherwise not be in the position to gain experience of working in the industry of which they wish to be part.”