Strategy & Research

Lowdham Book Festival

This research, by Write2B Ltd and Tim Harris Consultancy, explored issues of sustainability for Lowdham Book Festival, and was commissioned in the festivalís 10th anniversary year. The research involved consultation with festival attendees, writers, publisher and funders, the drawing up of comparative case studies of similar size rural arts festivals across the UK, an analysis of the budget and an analysis of the economic impact of the festival. The report, with its recommendations, was presented to the festival and its funders in late 2009.

Poetry London

Write2B was commissioned by Poetry London magazine in 2007-8 to develop a fundraising strategy for the charity. This involved three areas of work: charitable foundations; commercial sponsorship; and individual giving. More ...


Sue Stewart was the first Chair of the East Midlands Arts in Rural Areas Network (EMARAN), a regional voluntary network established in autumn 2006 with the aim of supporting arts in rural areas and rural regeneration through the arts. She resigned as Chair in July 2008 after guiding EMARAN through a period of substantial growth, during which time EMARAN became a sub-group of the East Midlands Rural Affairs Forum (EMRAF) and employed a part-time co-ordinator. She remained on the EMARAN Steering Group until its closure in 2012, having run seven popular regional conferences and a highly active website. EMARAN steering group members continue to support rural arts through other networks.

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

Research into the aims, achievements and impact of all projects funded under MLA's Framework for the Future Action Plan 2003-06 relating to Books, Reading and Learning. This work was conducted on behalf of The Reading Agency and commissioned by MLA, and involved approximately £1 million of projects and research studies. The final report fed into a broader evaluation of Framework activity being prepared by the Tavistock Institute. For further information see The Reading Agency website.

Poems for the Waiting Room

Strategy development and fundraising, commissioned by Arts Council London in 2005. This scheme provides poem posters free of charge for display in health care settings across the UK. Its latest collection on the theme of Diversity features 45 poems in 30 different languages, presented in dual translation. Sue developed a three-year strategy for the scheme, wrote a successful Arts Council funding application for £70,000 to develop the strategy and, in 2006, raised £16,000 commercial sponsorship for the scheme. More ...

Literature and health

Research and evaluation of another literature organisation working in the health field, also commissioned by Arts Council London in 2005. The final report, which is confidential, made a wide range of recommendations for future development, and is influencing Arts Council funding in the literature and health sector.

Write Now!

Contributed towards a developing strategy for a creative reading and writing project for health and wellbeing in Northamptonshire. This included strategic support for artists through a writersí training, shadowing and mentoring scheme over a three-year period. The final proposal is the subject of a funding bid to Arts Council England and Big Lottery Fund, with many partners including Northamptonshire County Council Arts Development, Libraries & Information Service, University of Northampton, and Northampton Primary Care Trust Mental Health.

National Poetry Day

Research and development project, commissioned by Arts Council England. The work involved brokering national strategic partnerships to make National Poetry Day more sustainable, developing new technology for marketing purposes, including a downloadable Promotersí Toolkit, and research into stakeholder views. The final report in 2003 led to a £45,000 development grant for the Poetry Society to take forward the recommendations. The National Poetry Day Research and Development Project and the National Poetry Day Promotersí Toolkit are available on the Arts Council New Audiences website.

Arts Council East Midlands Literature Strategy 2002-05

The work involved consultation with national and regional literary and cultural organisations, writers, libraries, small presses, literature workers and online agencies. The final strategy identified five key priority areas for Literature across the region: Support for the Individual Writer; Cultural Identity through Literature; Readership; Live Literature; and The Web and New Technologies.