Wirksworth Heritage Centre is seeking a writer/graphic novelist to produce a graphic novel or comic inspired by George Eliot’s Adam Bede and the novel’s links to Wirksworth. Wirksworth Heritage Centre opens its new galleries in April 2019 following a major redevelopment funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
This residency will run alongside a new exhibition exploring George Eliot and her literary heritage connections to Wirksworth as part of the bicentennial celebrations of the author’s birth. George Eliot’s aunt, Elizabeth Evans, lived in Wirksworth and is thought to be the inspiration for the character Dinah Morris in Adam Bede.
The writer in residence would re-interpret elements of Adam Bede in the form of a graphic novel or comic, exploring how the figures and places in Wirksworth may have inspired George Eliot.
Wirksworth Heritage Centre will publish a limited run of the final work and produce it as an ebook.
As part of the residency the writer would be expected to provide updates on the project including images and video which could be used in the exhibition or online and a regular blog post.
The writer would also be required to run 2 family sessions during the residency. This would involve working with young people and encouraging their own creative responses to their town.
£1050 to include production of comic/graphic novel, 2 family sessions and project updates.
Suggested working requirements: one day per week over six weeks, plus induction session and family sessions.
Application deadline: 5th April
Project timescale: 14th April-31st May 2019.
Please submit a response to the brief, including a CV to Heather Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.