The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2023: Place Writing Jury Announced

Each year we invite established professionals, subject experts and artists and creatives from across the UK to form part of the independent Jury that will select the Shortlisted Artists and Fellows of the Arts Foundation Futures Awards.

We are thrilled to share that the Jury members of The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2023 for Place Writing are:

Claire Armitstead

Claire Armitstead is Associate Editor (Culture) for the Guardian, writing across the Guardian and the Observer. She was previously literary editor and arts editor, and presenter of the Guardian books podcast. She was deputy chair of English Pen for eight years and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Eric Ngalle Charles

Eric Ngalle Charles is a Cameroonian writer, poet and playwright, and human rights activist based in Wales. A Ph.D. researcher at King’s College London, his autobiography I, Eric Ngalle: One Man’s Journey Crossing Continents from Africa to Europe (2019) recounts his journey to Europe, spending several years in Russia and elsewhere seeking refuge. He was selected as one of Jackie Kay’s best British BAME writers with a unique theatrical voice. His poetry Collection Homelands Seren Books (2022) was published in April.

Anita Sethi

Anita Sethi is an award-winning nature and travel writer born in Manchester, UK. She is author of I Belong Here: a Journey Along the Backbone of Britain and is also published in several anthologies including Women on Nature, The Wild Isles and Seaside Special: Postcards From the Edge. She has written for the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, BBC Wildlife, and Vogue among others and loves walking. 


Entering its 30th year, the prestigious Arts Foundation Futures Awards support the UK’s most promising artists and creatives at a breakthrough moment in their careers with £10,000 unconditional Fellowships.

The Shortlisted Artists for the Place Writing award be announced in January 2023. The winning Fellow receiving £10,000 unveiled at a live Award Ceremony in February 2023, with all shortlisted creatives receiving £1,000.

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Image credits: Clare Armitstead; Eric Ngalle Charles. Photo courtesy of Billie Charity, Hay Festival official photographer 2022; Anita Sethi