The Asham Trust

The Asham Literary Endowment Trust

The trust was established by Lewes District Council in 1995 with an endowment from the owners of the site of Asham (or Asheham) House, the Sussex home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf from 1912-1919.

Its purpose is to promote excellence in literature through competitions, events and sponsorship for emerging writers of all ages, and in particular to encourage the development of the short story by linking winners of the Asham Award with well established writers.

The Trust is in the third year of an Arts Council funded development plan for a programme of events, lectures, and educational projects.  It has just received funding from the Cohen Foundation and the Foyle foundation for a creative writing project for young people, The Write Stuff, to be launched in specially selected schools throughout Sussex this year.

The Trust is a partner with the Charleston Trust in the most successful short story festival in the country, Small Wonder.