Derek and Jeannie Tangye (Minack) Literary Bursary


  • Courses Specific? MA Professional Writing
  • Other Criteria? No


Derek and Jeannie Tangye gave up highly successful London careers in order to find fulfilment running a flower farm at a remote location on the cliffs of the far west of Cornwall. Despite considerable hardship and the scepticism of many of their friends, they succeeded both in living their rural dream and in carving complementary writing careers based on their experiences. Derek's over 20 autobiographical books - The Minack Chronicles - were all international best-sellers and have become modern classics of the genre. Jeannie, too, wrote four best-selling books based upon her time as the Public Relations Officer at the Savoy Hotel during and after World War II. She painted the Cornish coast and provided all the pen and ink sketches that illustrate The Minack Chronicles. Their ideals were an abiding love of nature and the countryside; a natural way of life founded on hard work, love, trust, individuality and singularity of purpose; recognition of the value of solitude, instinct and intuition.


The bursary must assist with the applicants continuing development as a writer, whilst also being used in a manner which is relevant to Cornwall and/or the environment.


Students must be enrolled on our MA Professional Writing course. All eligible students will be written to and invited to enter.


Applicants must state on the application form:

  • The specific purpose for which the bursary is required
  • How this project would further the applicant's writing development or career
  • Exactly how the £350 would be spent
  • Why this sum would make a difference to the applicant
  • Full name, address, contact details and date of birth

Examples of acceptable uses for the bursary could be: to travel to a location about which the applicant wishes to write; to attend an additional course, lecture or event; to travel to meet an author. The eventual recipient will be required to write a summary of how the bursary was used, which we will then forward to the Minack Trustees.

Maximum award: £350
Number of bursaries: one
Closing date: Early July
Results date: End of July

Judging panel: Course Leader of MA Professional Writing, Bursary Adviser

Applications to:

Will Wears, Bursary Adviser
Admissions Office, Woodlane Campus
Tel: 01326 213744