Futures Fund Bursaries 2021

Last month the committee was delighted to contact the successful recipients of this year’s bursaries from the Guild Futures Fund, a pot of money allocated, as part of our collective commitment to developing new writers and supporting members in their work, to help fund ongoing projects.

The bursaries went to:

  • Seren Charrington-Hollins, to part fund a boat trip for her forthcoming work on the diets of those who plied Britain’s inland waterways in the heyday of canal travel;
  • Marie Cheong-Thong, to help with research for a bible of Japanese food;
  • Ruth Nieman, as a contribution to recipe testing for her book Freekeh, Wild Wheats & Ancient Grains, recipes for healthy eating (to be published by Prospect Books this autumn);
  • Laura Hadland, as a contribution towards the expenses incurred researching her creative commission Portraits from the Pub for the Women on Tap Festival and you can already see the finished project here womenontap.co.uk/#festival-2021/creative-commissions/portraits-from-the-pub
  • Georgina Hayden, as a contribution towards photography for her upcoming book Nistisima: Plant based food from the Mediterranean and beyond and
  • Da-Hae West, for on-the-ground research into Korean temple food. 
  • The money was gratefully received by all; in Seren’s case it allowed her project to go ahead – ‘how exciting’ – while Da-Hae called it ‘a great help’ and Georgina professed herself ‘thrilled’. In return, they agreed to share the results of their work in some form for Guild members in the future. 

We’re so pleased to be able to support our members in these fascinating projects, and look forward to hearing how they get on. Applications for 2022’s Futures Fund will open early next year, so watch this space.