The Oliver Black Memorial Fund
The Oliver Black Memorial Fund is a grand name but please just think of it as Oliver’s Fund. Our heartfelt quest is to support the work of Arvon, the UK's long established, leading creative writing charity. Oliver was a distinguished lawyer and philosopher and author of novels Diary of a Misplaced Philosopher and The Commune (on its way to feature film production with Fox Searchlight), as well as the autobiographical collection Shrunk and Other Stories. He understood the power and value of creative expression.
Through its residential courses, Arvon works with young people and vulnerable adults across the UK. Now, with the launch of its virtual 4th house, 'Arvon at Home', it has significantly expanded its reach. Arvon's work with these young people, marginalised communities and those underrepresented in the creative industries lies at the heart of what it does, enabling disadvantaged young people and adults to find their voice, bolster their confidence and enhance well-being and resilience. Your support would mean so much to Oliver.
With abundant thanks,
Jenny, Jeremy, Andrew, Maria & Edmund
"Arvon is one of the most important literature development organisations in Britain. Most of the writers I know, including myself, have attended their courses as students, both before and after they’ve embarked on professional careers themselves." - Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo MBE