Media release: Scotland-based organisations invited to host writing fellowship


APPLICATIONS are now open for Scotland-based organisations to host a writer-in-residence.

The Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship supports mid-career and established writers to develop creative work during a year-long residency within a variety of cultural, education, health and other environments.

Previous Fellow partnerships have included Jenni Fagen at Edinburgh’s Summerhall, Morna Young at Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Learning resource, Kirsty Logan at the University of Glasgow’s Association of Scottish Libraries and Martin O’Connor at the Playwright’s Studio Scotland in partnership with the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Mairi Kidd, head of Literature, Languages & Publishing, Creative Scotland, said: “The Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship has a real impact on those it supports and the partnerships it enables each year.

“Creative Scotland recognises that children’s writers have been underrepresented in terms of fellowship and similar opportunities in Scotland and we are keen to ensure that this crucial cohort of writers – who shape our readers of the future have equal access to professional development opportunities.

“We are also aware of a pressing need to promote access to the arts to all communities and individuals and so especially welcome applications from organisations committed to diversifying Scotland’s artistic landscape.”

Organisations applying to host the fellowship are invited to suggest a broad theme, which should be related to their own work. The successful host organisation will then recruit a writing fellow. An award of £25,000 is available and will be split into a £20,000 stipend for the successful writer and £5,000 for the host organisation.

The deadline for organisations to apply to host the 2020 Fellowship is Thursday 31 October 2019. Completed application forms and supporting materials should be submitted by email to

Notes for editors:

  1. The Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship was established in 2014 in memory of Dr Gavin Wallace who dedicated his entire professional life to supporting Scottish literature. Following the sad loss of Dr Wallace in February 2013, Creative Scotland established an annual fellowship in his name to honour his memory and commemorate and continue his good work. The fund is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
  1. Funding guidance and application forms can be accessed here.
  1. 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. It enables 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. It distributes funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit, and follow @creativescots |

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