Henry Wallis: 'The Death of Chatterton'
But austerity has hit writers hard. There's less money available in the form of grants for the arts, and schools and other institutions have had their budgets squeezed so hard, paying visiting authors or poets is out of the question.
Carl Spitzberg: The Poor Poet
This is why the Society of Authors is so important. Part of its work is to administer a number of grants for writers, to help fund works in progress and support those in financial difficulty.
William Hogarth: The Distrest Poet
As well as being a practical help, these grants also provide the writer with validation, encouragement and recognition.
Gustav Metzger: Homage to the Starving Poet
I recently received the inaugural John Brooks Award for writers living in the West of England and Wales.
Pubd 8th August 1826 by Wm Cole: an impoverished poet sitting in a garret surrounded by sheets of paper
It will help me continue
to work part time and care for my disabled adult children, while I complete my current work-in-progress, Learning Finity.
John Joseph Barker: The Poet Chatterton
To the Society of Authors, I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you. To you - if you are a writer - I say Join. And Apply. You Never Know.
Joseph Mallord William Turner: The Garreteer's Petition