Media release: Argyll and Bute-based creative projects receive new funding


THE Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival and Autumn Voices a creative blog for the over-60s are among projects based in Argyll and Bute that have received funding support from the National Lottery in the latest round of Creative Scotland’s Open Project awards.

The Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival has received funding towards its sixth edition in November. This year’s festival aims to embrace new ambitions and increase the size and diversity of its audience.

The festival will offer free entry for disabled audience members to an event featuring award-winning writer of The Times Magazine’s ‘Spinal Column’, Melanie Reid who will be discussing her autobiography. Also featuring in this year’s programme are Denise Mina, Stuart Cosgrove and V&A Dundee director, Philip Long.

Graham Bell, board member, Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival, said: “With the support of Creative Scotland, the Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival is able to considerably increase access to those otherwise unable to attend, as well as extend our reach in the range of authors in this, the sixth year of this rural Argyll event.”

Autumn Voices has received funding towards its Blog Development project, which aims to discuss, promote and stimulate creativity in later life. It will offer subscribers opportunities to showcase their work, discuss their own work with peers, enter writing competitions and read content from a variety of guest bloggers who will represent a wide range of artistic endeavour and viewpoints on creativity in later life.

Iain Munro, acting CEO at Creative Scotland, said: “With funding from the National Lottery, we are pleased to be able to support such an inspiring range of projects through this round of Open Project Funding.

“We are delighted to support both the Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival and Autumn Voices, among other projects based in Argyll and Bute, yet again highlighting the wealth of creativity in the area.”


Notes for editors:

A full breakdown of July’s awards, can be found here.

Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries. It supports a broad spectrum of activity including creative and professional development, research and development, production, small capital requirements, touring and collaborations, festivals, arts programming, audience development, etc. Support is available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at two years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception). Application guidance and forms can be found here

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. Further information at

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