The Kevin Jackson Award: Support Arvon

We are proud to support the Kevin Jackson Award, raising £25,000 to bring state school students on Arvon’s creative writing residential weeks.

As well as being a brilliant scholar, Kevin was also a wonderful teacher. Always engaging and approachable, his impact on those he taught was often life-changing. One of his happiest times was tutoring creative writing for a group of state school students at The Hurst, Arvon’s Shropshire writing house, in 2011.

Following Kevin’s passing in 2021, the Kevin Jackson Award was established in his name to bring a group of state school children to Arvon. The initial funding came from his estate and other donations, especially from Claire Preston, to whom Arvon is deeply grateful. The Award significantly contributed to the costs of tutoring, accommodation, travel and much more for a group of young writers in 2022, who variously described their residential week as “amazing”, “joyful”, and “the best week of our lives”.

The aim is to continue the Kevin Jackson Award for future generations. For this, we need your help. £25,000 would give two groups of disadvantaged state school children the transformative experience of a week at Arvon.

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