The Jessie Kesson Fellowship

This annual award was established in 2009 by Moniack Mhor to honour Jessie Kesson’s inspirational life and work. To read more about the Centenary celebrations we have planned for 2016 click here.

We are delighted to announce Sean Burn as the 2016 Jessie Kesson Fellow

sean burn south shields beach - cropped webSean Burn is a writer with a growing international reputation. He’s also actively involved in disability arts and mad studies – based on his own lived experience of mental distress. His last play (of eight full length-ones) Collector of Tears – toured nationally in Autumn 2014, received a Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant and was published by Aurora Metro. It was chosen by the British Theatre guide as North-East Play of the Year. His thirty-plus poetry films have received many screenings worldwide, as well as at National Film Theatre Studios, London. Sean has had three spoken word CDs of his work released, most recently Speaksong (with musician Gareth Mitchell). Sean has had eight poetry pamphlets published – Mo Thunder (Knives Forks and Spoons Press) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award 2011. 2012 saw two new books published: Dante in the Laundrette – his second full-length poetry collection from Smokestack Books and Molotov’s Happy Hour– a novella from Skrev Press. His third and latest full volume of poetry Is that a Bruise or a Tattoo? was published by Shearsman Press in 2013. A big fan of Jessie Kesson’s writing, he is delighted to be this year’s fellow.



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