A table recording the direct funding given to writers by the Arts Council from 1966. For a more detailed breakdown about the funding of publishers, literary magazines, organisations and festivals, as well as spending by the Scottish and Welsh Arts Councils, see the individual Annual Reports.
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|Year||Grant Type||Recipient Name||Amount (£)||Total (£)||Literature Department Total (£)||Parliamentary Grant-in-Aid (£)||Notes|
|John Heath Stubbs||750.00||Poet and translator.|
|David Wevill||300.00||Poet and translator.|
|Louis Battye||300.00||Fiction writer.|
|Hope L. Bourne||200.00||Writer and painter.|
|Alan Burns||250.00||Experimental writer.|
|Vincent Cronin||500.00||Historical, cultural and biographical writer.|
|Clifford Dyment||500.00||Poet, critic and journalist.|
|Zulfikar Ghose||300.00||Fiction writer, poet and essayist.|
|Wilson Harris||125.00||Poet, novelist and essayist.|
|B.S. Johnson||800.00||Experimental writer and filmmaker.|
|Cressida Lindsay||500.00||Poet and novelist.|
|A.L. Lloyd||500.00||Music writer.|
|Kate O’Brien||750.00||Novelist and playwright.|
|Samuel Selvon||500.00||Fiction writer.|
|Kathleen J. Smith||100.00|
|Peter Stadlen||300.00||Pianist, musicologist and critic.|
|Ruth Tomalin||200.00||Journalist, novelist and children’s author.|
|Paul Ableman||800.00||Playwright and novelist. |
Application sponsored by Philip Toynbee.
|Jack Beeching||750.00||Poet, novelist and non-fiction writer.|
|Philip Callow||800.00||Novelist, biographer and poet. |
Application sponsored by Michael Foot.
|Kay Dick||800.00||Novelist, publisher and biographer. |
Application sponsored by Christine Brooke-Rose.
|Maureen Duffy||800.00||Poet, novelist, playwright and activist. |
Application sponsored by Julian Mitchell.
|William Gerhardi||800.00||Novelist and playwright. |
Application sponsored by Olivia Manning
|Frederick Grubb||750.00||Poet and author of A Vision of Reality: A Study of Liberalism in 20th century verse (1965).|
|Leslie Halward||800.00||Application sponsored by Walter Allen.|
|Aiden Higgins||800.00||Application sponsored by William Sansom.|
|Veronica Hull||800.00||Novelist, author The Monkey Puzzle (1958). |
Application sponsored by Karl Miller.
|Francis King||1,200.00||Poet, fiction writer, reviewer and former British Council employee. |
Application sponsored by Olivia Manning.
|John McGahern||800.00||Novelist, short story writer and essayist. |
Application sponsored by Ian Hamilton.
|Vernon Scannel||1,200.00||Poet and fiction writer. |
Application sponsored by Edmund Blunden.
|Elizabeth Smart||800.00||Poet and novelist. |
Application sponsored by Brigid Brophy.
|Fred Urquhart||800.00||Short story writer. |
Application sponsored by Alan Ross.
|Anthony C. West||800.00||Novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. |
Application sponsored by Storm Jameson.
|David Wevill||750.00||Poet and translator.|
|Antonia White||1,200.00||Novelist and translator.|
Application sponsored by Martin Turnell.
|Hugo Williams||750.00||Poet, journalist and travel writer.|
|John Atkins||200.00||Playwright, poet and novelist.|
|Louis Battye||75.00||Writer. Work deals with experience of physical disability.|
|J.C.M. Baynes||300.00||Military historian and former soldier.|
|Vincent Brome||400.00||Novelist, dramatist, biographer.|
|Peter de Polnay||350.00||Fiction writer.|
|Patric Dickinson||500.00||Poet, translator and playwright.|
Application sponsored by Roy Fuller.
|Janet Dunbar||300.00||Author of A Prospect of Richmond (1966).|
|George Faludy||400.00||Hungarian poet, writer and translator, also known as György Faludy|
|Eva Fige||400.00||Novelist, memoirist, critic and feminist.|
|April Fitzlyon||300.00||Translator, biographer and historian.|
|Paul Ignotu||400.00||Hungarian current affairs writer, also known as Pal Ignotus.|
|B.S. Johnson||400.00||Experimental novelist, poet and literary critic.|
|Christopher Kininmonth||300.00||Travel writer.|
|Rollo Myers||250.00||Music writer.|
|Irene Nicholson||250.00||Author of Mexican and Central American Mythology (1967).|
|Frank Norman||700.00||Novelist and playwright.|
Application sponsored by C.H. Rolph.
|Ann Quinn||300.00||Experimental writer.|
|Garth St Omer||350.00||St. Lucian novelist published by Faber.|
Application sponsored by Kenneth Ramchand.
|Samuel Selvon||500.00||Trinidad-born novelist.|
|Paul Smith||500.00||Irish playwright and novelist.|
|Balint Vazsonyi||250.00||Hungarian musician, activist and journalist.|
|John Baker||1,200.00||Application sponsored by Kenneth Allsop.|
|Edward Brathwaite||1,200.00||Barbardian poet and scholar. |
Application sponsored by C.B. Cox.
|Edward Candy||600.00||Pseudonym of Barbara Alison Boodson Nevill. |
Application sponsored by Olivia Manning.
|Lettice Cooper||1,200.00||Application sponsored by Bonamy Dobrée.|
|Karen Gershon||1,200.00||German-born writer and poet.|
|Zulfikar Ghose||1,200.00||Novelist, poet and essayist.|
|Patricia Hutchins||600.00||Illustrator, broadcaster and writer of children’s books.|
Application sponsored by G.S. Fraser.
|Patrick Kavanagh||1,200.00||Irish poet and novelist.|
|Kathleen Nott||1,200.00||Poet, novelist, critic, philosopher and editor.|
Application sponsored by Maurice Cranston.
|John Petty||1,200.00||Application sponsored by Neville Braybrooke.|
|Gilbert H. Phelps||1,200.00||Educationist and novelist.|
sponsored by Lord Snow.
Application sponsored by Robert Baldick.
|Jean Rhys||1,200.00||Novelist, born and raised in Dominica. |
Application sponsored by Sonia Orwell.
|Anthony Rossiter||600.00||Poet and painter.|
Application sponsored by Rosamond Lehmann.
|Christina Stead||1,200.00||Australian novelist and short story writer. |
Application sponsored by Cynthia Nolan.
Application sponsored by John Lehmann.
|Michael Anthony||500.00||Caribbean author and historian.|
|Cliff Ashby||500.00||Poet and novelist.|
|Martin Bell||500.00||Poet and prominent member of ‘The Group’, an informal group of poets who met in London from mid-1950s to 60s.|
|Frederick Bradnum||300.00||Radio dramatist, producer and director. Created plays and dramatisations of novels for the BBC.|
|Vincent Brome||400.00||Novelist, dramatist and man of letters.|
|Christine Brooke-Rose||500.00||Experimental novelist and critic.|
|Alan Burns||250.00||Experimental writer.|
|A. S. Byatt||750.00||Novelist and poet.|
|Deryck Cooke||600.00||Musician, musicologist and broadcaster.|
|Vincent Croni||300.00||Historical, cultural and biographical writer.|
|Peter de Poinay||150.00||Fiction writer.|
|Anne de Roo||500.00||New Zealand children’s writer.|
|G.E. Evans||200.00||Schoolteacher, writer and folklorist.|
|Eva Fige||500.00||Novelist, memoirist, critic and feminist.|
|Gerald Hamilton||500.00||Memoirist and critic.|
|Susan Hill||500.00||Fiction and non-fiction writer.|
|Thea Holme||500.00||Actor and writer.|
|Paul Ignotus||500.00||Hungarian current affairs writer, also known as Pal Ignotus.|
|John McGahern||500.00||Novelist, regarded as one of the most important Irish writers of the latter half of the 20th-century,|
|Derek Patmore||500.00||Writer and war correspondent.|
|Peter Redgrove||500.00||Poet, who also wrote prose, novels and plays with his second wife Penelope Shuttle.|
|Nicholas Wollaston||1,000.00||Application sponsored by Philip Toynbee.|
|George Barker||2,000.00||Poet, identified with the New Apocalyptics movement, which reacted against 1930s realism with mythical and surrealistic themes.|
|David Black||500.00||Poet and psychoanalyst.|
|Alan Burns||2,000.00||Experimental writer.|
Application sponsored by B.S. Johnson.
|John Ginger||2,000.00||Application sponsored by Gavin Award.|
|Rayner Heppenstall||2,000.00||Novelist, poet, diarist, and radio producer for the BBC.|
|B.S. Johnson||2,000.00||Experimental writer and filmmaker.|
Application sponsored by Peter Buckman.
|V.S. Naipaul||3,500.00||Fiction and non-fiction writer, born in Trinidad and Tobago.|
Application sponsored by Francis Wyndham.
|Leslie Norris||500.00||Poet and short story writer.|
|Michael Orsler||2,000.00||Application sponsored by Malcolm Bradbury.|
|Mea Allan||500.00||Journalist and author of the novel Change of Heart (1943)|
|Alfred Alvarez||1,000.00||Poet, novelist, essayist and critic who published under the names A. Alvarez and Al Alvarez.|
|Paul Bailey||1,000.00||Novelist, critic and biographer.|
|A.L. Barker||750.00||Novelist and short story writer.|
|Jack Beeching||750.00||Poet, novelist and writer of non-fiction.|
|J. Anthony Connor||750.00|
|Peter Dale||750.00||Poet and translator.|
|Duke R. Dobing||500.00|
|Clifford Dyment||500.00||Poet, literary critic, editor and journalist, best known for his poems on countryside topics.|
|Eva Figes||750.00||Novelist, memoirist, critic and feminist.|
|Ian Hamilton||1,000.00||Journalist and mystery writer.|
|Wilson Harris||750.00||Guyanese poet, novelist and essayist.|
|David Harsent||750.00||Poet and crime novelist.|
|Bevis Hillier||500.00||Art historian, author and journalist.|
|Paddy Kitchen||1,000.00||Novelist and co-founder of the Artists’ Licensing and Collecting Society. Application sponsored by Elizabeth Thomas.|
|Christopher Middleton||750.00||Poet and translator, particularly of German literature.|
|Angus Wolfe Murray||1,000.00|
|Tom Pickard||500.00||Poet and documentary film maker; an important initiator of the movement known as the British Poetry Revival.|
|Thomas Raworth||400.00||Poet, publisher, editor and teacher.|
|Piers Paul Read||1,000.00||Novelist, historian and biographer.|
|Barry Reckord||750.00||Jamaican playwright.|
|Peter Redgrove||750.00||Poet, who also wrote prose, novels and plays with his second wife Penelope Shuttle.|
|Paul Scott||1,000.00||Novelist, playwright, and poet.|
|Randolph Stow||750.00||Australian-born writer, novelist and poet.|
|Ruth Tomalin||500.00||Journalist, novelist, and children’s author.|
|Barry Unsworth||750.00||Historical fiction writer.|
|Peter Vansittart||750.00||Novelist. Also wrote historical studies, memoirs, stories for children and three anthologies: Voices from the Great War, Voices 1870-1914 and Voices of the Revolution.|
|John Wain||1,000.00||Poet, novelist, and critic, associated with the literary group known as ‘The Movement‘.|
|David Walder||750.00||Author, military historian and Conservative party politician.|