Media Release: Coveted MG ALBA TV writing scholarship up for grabs

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TALENTED Gaelic writers are being given the opportunity to apply for a coveted MG ALBA scholarship to study television fiction writing at Glasgow Caledonian University.

The MA Television Fiction Writing course is the only dedicated one year postgraduate programme of its type in the UK, providing aspiring screenwriters with the tools to embark upon or strengthen their career in television fiction writing, and MG ALBA are supporting a placement on the course for one Gaelic speaker.

Taught by a combination of leading TV scriptwriters and academic staff – including course lecturer, Professor Ann Marie Di Mambro, whose credits include EastEnders, Casualty and River City – students on the course will work intensively on at least two drama series currently transmitting on British television, learning how to story conference, storyline, write scripts and edit these dramas.

Seumas MacMillan was the MG ALBA scholar in 2014 and is now one of the writers on BBC ALBA’s Gaelic drama, Bannan.

Reflecting on the course, Seumas said: “The MA in TV Fiction Writing is unique in that tutors are TV writers themselves and their guidance and support allows students to develop the craft skills necessary to pursue a screenwriting career.

“The course provided me with not only the skillset but the mindset to take my profession forward and I have been fortunate to work on BBC ALBA’s first drama series, Bannan, which has been a huge development in my career and I would encourage all talented Gaelic writers to apply.”

The MG ALBA scholarship will be awarded to one person, fluent in Gaelic, who will join the programme in September 2016.

Applications need to be submitted before Thursday 19th May.

For more information on the MA TV Fiction Writing programme and how to apply for an MG ALBA scholarship visit: or follow @MATVGlasgow on Twitter.


Picture caption: Seumas MacMillan and BBC ALBA channel editor, Margaret Cameron

For further information please contact Lorna Gardner or Gary McQueen at Media House on 0141 220 6040 or email /


MG ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig (Gaelic Media Service). MG ALBA works in partnership with the BBC to deliver BBC ALBA.

BBC ALBA is available on the following platforms:

  • Sky 142 (UK)
  • Freeview / You View 7 (Scotland only)
  • Virgin Media 161 (UK)
  • Freesat 109 (UK)
  • BBC iPlayer

Find out more about MG ALBA and the partnership at or visit for scheduling and programme information.

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