Media Release: Moniack Mhor to host 2014 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow

Moniack Mhor to host
2014 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow

Interested writers invited to apply by
5pm Thursday 18 Sept, 2014

CREATIVE writing centre, Moniack Mhor, has been selected to host the 2014 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship.

Moniack Mhor lies three miles from Loch Ness and overlooks the mountains of Strathfarrar and Ben Wyvis.

The Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship offers a writer time to develop their practice in partnership with a leading literary organisation.

The selected Fellow will receive a stipend of £20,000.  Moniack Mhor will receive £5,000 to enable the hosting of the Fellowship.

The Fellowship will explore the theme of Place and its effect on Personal Identity. The Fellowship is open to established writers living and working in Scotland.

To be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must have published at least one novel, one collection of short stories, one poetry pamphlet or had one professional production of their work staged.

The deadline for application is 5pm Thursday 18 September, 2014.

For full details of how to apply please visit: www.moniackmhor.org.uk

Rachel Humphries, director, Moniack Mhor, said: “We are honoured to be hosting the second Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship. Like Gavin, Moniack Mhor passionately believes that the creation of high quality literature is essential, and without it, we risk losing a great deal.

“Gavin provided Moniack Mhor with stalwart support over the years that we knew him, for which we are eternally grateful.”

Jenny Niven, portfolio manager for Literature at Creative Scotland, said:

“The Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship was established to pay tribute to a Creative Scotland colleague whose commitment to and passion for literature benefited writers and literary organisations across Scotland.

“This Fellowship presents an exciting opportunity for a writer to have the space and time to create work, in the inspiring setting of Moniack Mhor.”

The selected Fellow will be announced when the 2015 programme for Moniack Mhor is launched on Saturday 29 November 2014.

Kirsty Logan was the first Fellow to be appointed, in 2013, undertaking her fellowship with the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

Kirsty has recently published her first short story collection The Rental Heart.

During her Fellowship, Kirsty has been working on the development of a new piece of writing titled A Portable Shelter which explores Scottish folktales, fairy tales, family relationships, loss and the sea.

Commenting on her Fellowship, Kirsty Logan said: “The past year has been absolute bliss. Having the freedom to read, think and explore is truly priceless for a writer.

“The Fellowship came at exactly the right time in my writing life, and I can’t recommend it enough – and with A Portable Shelter, I hope I can show that loss of a person does not have to mean the loss of their influence.”


Notes to editors:

How to apply:

The Fellowship is open to established writers living and working in Scotland.  To be eligible for the Fellowship applicants must have published at least one novel, one short story collection, one poetry pamphlet or had one professional production of their work staged.

Please apply by sending:

  • A CV which demonstrates that you meet the criteria
  • An A4 summary of your writing project that addresses the theme of Place and its effect on Personal Identity
  • A sample of your work (maximum 1,000 words). The deadline for applications is Thursday 18 September.

The deadline for application is 5pm Thursday 18Sept. Applications should be sent by email to: info@moniackmhor.org.uk or by post: Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre, Teavarran, Kiltarlity, IV4 7HT.

For any enquiries relating to the fellowship please contact: Rachel Humphries, centre director or Cynthia Rogerson, programming director.

Interviews, if necessary, will be held on 6 October at Moniack Mhor writers’ Centre. www.moniackmhor.org.uk

Dr. Gavin Wallace was a central figure in Scotland’s literature world for many years. Gavin joined the Scottish Arts Council in August 1997 as literature officer and later moved on to become the Head of Literature, a position he held for eight years before being appointed as portfolio manager for Literature, Publishing and Language at Creative Scotland in June 2010.

Gavin previously worked as a teacher, lecturer, critic, journalist, editor and broadcaster, and was an associate lecturer in Literature and the Humanities at the Open University in Scotland from 1991-2001.

He carried out graduate and postgraduate study, in English and Scottish Literature, at the University of Edinburgh.

For more information about Dr. Gavin Wallace, please visit: creativescotland.org.uk/news/dr-gavin-wallace.

Moniack Mhor is located in the Scottish Highlands, fourteen miles from the city of Inverness. Since its first course in 1993, Moniack Mhor has been running creative writing courses tutored by some of the finest authors in the UK and beyond.

Moniack Mhor runs residential and non-residential creative writing courses, as well as programming outreach work and retreats. 2015 will herald the official beginning of Moniack Mhor as an independent writing centre.

The new programme will be launched on the 29th November 2014. The selected Fellow will be announced at the launch.

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.

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