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Scottish Arts Council bursaries for writers across Scotland


Twelve writers have been awarded bursaries amounting to £40,000 by the Scottish Arts Council. 28 applications were considered for the awards which are designed to allow writers more time to devote to their writing. "The successful applicants range from Julie Lacome, a writer and illustrator of children’s picture books and previous Children’s Book Award winner, to Ronald Frame, the prizewinning fiction writer. They live in all corners of the country, from Stromness and Poolewe to Edinburgh and Leadhills. Seven of the twelve writers are receiving support from the Scottish Arts Council for the first time.

Colin Milton, Chair of the Scottish Arts Council Writers Bursaries Group, commented: "These 12 bursaries testify to the strength and diversity of writing in Scotland, and are an investment in promising literary work which deserves to be published and reach the hands of readers in the next two to three years." The successful applicants are:

  • Angus Calder*, Edinburgh, for a collection of poetry, £3,000
  • Andrew Mark Forster, Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, for poetry, £3,000
  • Ronald Frame, Glasgow, to research in Canada for short story collection, £3,000
  • Yvonne Gray*, Orkney, for a collection of poetry, £3,000
  • Alison Grove*,Poolewe, Ross-shire, for a novel, £3,000
  • Jen Hadfield*, Glasgow, for a collection of poetry, £2,000
  • Thomas Healy, Glasgow, for a novel, £5,000
  • Paula Jennings, Edinburgh, for a collection of poetry, £2,000
  • Julie Lacome*, Edinburgh, for a picture book for children, £5,000
  • Iain MacPherson*, Callander, for a novel, £2,000
  • Carol McKay*, Hamilton, for a novel, £3,000
  • Sian Preece, Aberdeen, for a novel, £6,000
*denotes this is the first time the writer has received a Scottish Arts Council bursary

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