“I can focus on my writing instead of worrying about how I’m going to pay my bills”

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“I’ve always wanted to be a writer,” says Christopher, “and writing about politics and culture especially appeals to me.”

As he embarked on his journalism journey, Christopher first wanted to understand the mechanics of writing. To do this, he completed a postgraduate degree in newspaper journalism at Cardiff University, helped with funding from the Journalism Diversity Fund. The course was pivotal, and he credits it with providing him the discipline needed to write.

After graduating, Christopher interned at a national current affairs magazine, then wrote for a political website, followed by a stint working for local newspapers.

When COVID-19 hit, Christopher was furloughed for a year and then took voluntary redundancy. Surprisingly, he says this was the best thing that could have happened to him as he was able to focus on what he really wanted to do professionally – publish weekly essays about politics and culture online.

Accessing our support

“It’s been tough financially sometimes” Christopher admits; “so I approached a number of organisations to see if any could help me, and I was referred to The Printing Charity. Your team processed my application for a one-off grant to help with everyday living expenses very quickly.”

“I can now focus on my writing and building an online audience and subscribers to my website covering politics and culture, instead of worrying about how I’m going to pay my bills. I would certainly recommend The Printing Charity to people who need help in our sector. You’re extremely professional to deal with.”

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