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Oscar Moore Award

T. Crewe (2010) and J. Riley (Clare, 1979) have established the Oscar Moore Award to support unpaid or low paid internships, travel or a course in the areas of publishing, journalism or writing. The award has a value of up to £600 and is open to both undergraduate and post-graduate students; students who are graduating this summer are also eligible to apply. Students wishing to apply should complete the standard College grant form, clearly laying out the costs and what the project will entail; a separate statement outlining the details of internship/travel or course may be submitted.  Dealine for applications: Friday 14 June 2019

Oscar Moore was born in 1960. He attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School, Elstree, and Pembroke College, Cambridge (1979-1982) where he read English. A charismatic and witty character, he was drawn to student theatre, and wrote, directed and performed his own work. Following graduation he spent time in New York before returning to London to freelance as a journalist, contributing to Time Out, the Mail on Sunday, the Times and the Evening Standard. He was appointed editor of Screen International in 1990 and later became its editor-in-chief.

Oscar’s first novel, A Matter of Life and Sex, was published in 1991 under the pseudonym Alec F. Moran. It was subsequently taken up by Penguin Books and republished in paperback under his own name, as well as in the US and in several translations. He began a second novel, which illness prevented him from completing.

From 1994 to 1996 he wrote a powerful and courageous column for the Guardian about living with AIDS. These were later collected into a book entitled PWA: Looking AIDS in the Face, which was published shortly after Oscar Moore died on 12 September 1996.