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Jenni Fagan is the 2019 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow at Summerhall, Edinburgh


Scotland-based writer Jenni Fagan has been selected as the 2019 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow, supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Fagan will become writer in residence at Edinburgh’s Summerhall for one year to produce new work inspired by the theme of change, sustainability and how the past informs the present.

She will receive a £20,000 bursary, private work space at the multi-arts complex, a bespoke programme of support and engagement and access to the full range of Summerhall’s activities during the year.

Established in 2014 the annual Fellowship provides a mid-career or established writer with time and support to develop new work in partnership with a host organisation.

On being appointed, Jenni Fagan said: “Being selected as the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow at Summerhall is a dream opportunity on every level. I can’t wait to immerse myself in the past, present and future of this extraordinary place. There is so much to be inspired by and a lot of work to be done.

“I’m excited about the prospect of creating a poetic Almanac that captures twelve months, four seasons, and the ghosts, characters, artists that have influenced the character of the building. I’m interested in devoting each month to a different space in the building, different practitioners and events.

“I’m hugely influenced by art, music, animation, buildings, history and people in general. I can’t think of a more inspiring place to spend a year.”

Verity Leigh, Programme Manager, Summerhall commented: “We are happy and proud to be working with Jenni Fagen as the 2019 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow.  In a very competitive field of proposals, we were won over by Jenni’s engagement with the life of the Summerhall building and her lively interest in the people who work here. We are incredibly excited about working with Jenni and looking forward to sharing her work with Summerhall’s staff, residents and audiences.”

Mairi Kidd, Interim Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing, Creative Scotland, said: “The Gavin Wallace Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for both the host organisation and writer – a chance for creative exploration and artistic experimentation over the course of a full year’s programme and work. The multi-talented Jenni Fagan – novelist, poet and screenwriter – is the perfect match for Summerhall’s multi-faceted cultural offering, and we are excited to support her in this opportunity.”

 

Notes to Editors –

The Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship was established in 2013 in memory of a Creative Scotland colleague, Dr Gavin Wallace, who dedicated his entire professional life to supporting Scottish literature.

The inaugural Fellow Kirsty Logan undertook her fellowship in 2014 at the Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS) at the University of Glasgow where she explored the theme of Place and its effect on Personal Identity. In 2015, Moniack Mhor hosted Jen Hadfield where she used the idea of flotsam and jetsam, to explore themes of place and identity. In 2016, National Library of Scotland hosted Angus Peter Campbell where he was invited to explore and be inspired by the ways in which the Library’s collections reflect Scotland’s past and present. In 2017, Morna Young was hosted by Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council where she explored the theme of ‘The Folk, Language and Landscape of the Northeast.  In 2018, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland hosted Martin O’Connor in partnership with the Royal Lyceum Theatre, where he was invited to write and develop work for the stage that meets their creative ambition to work on a larger scale, relating to the theme Epic.

Further information about the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship

Summerhall is a multi-art complex and events venue in Edinburgh, Scotland. The writer will have full access to the full range of Summerhall’s activities during the year, which means that, if they choose, they can attend more than 30 gigs, 120 Fringe shows, 12 exhibitions. Find out more:

February 12, 2019

Interim Director of Communications appointed at Creative Scotland

Following an open recruitment process, Creative Scotland is pleased to confirm that Ken Miller has been appointed as Interim Director of Communications, taking up post with immediate effect.

Ken Miller will be covering the post held by Kenneth Fowler who has been seconded to the Scottish Government for 12 months as Head of Communications.

Before joining Creative Scotland, Ken Miller led the communications work of the national healthcare improvement body, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and the national agency for sport, sportscotland, focusing on integrating internal, stakeholder and public communications to improve healthcare services and participation in sport respectively.

Prior to those posts, Ken held communications and marketing roles across manufacturing, service, public and private sectors.

Of the appointment, Iain Munro, Acting CEO at Creative Scotland said: “I’m extremely pleased to welcome Ken to his new role as Interim Director of Communications. Ken brings with him a wealth of experience that will be hugely beneficial to Creative Scotland.

“Over the course of the next 12 months Ken will provide strategic leadership and direction to the Communications’ team, fostering collaborative working, connected planning and knowledge-sharing across the organisation.

“I look forward to working closely with Ken and I know he will make a positive contribution during his time at Creative Scotland.”

Ken Miller, Interim Director of Communications, Creative Scotland said: “I am delighted to be joining Creative Scotland at what is an exciting time for the organisation and for the arts, screen and creative industries more generally.

“Crucial to the organisation’s work is effective communications and engagement and I am really looking forward to building on the some of the great work that is already being done.”

Notes to Editors

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. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com.  Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland

February 8, 2019

A Culture Strategy for Scotland – Reports & Analysis

The Scottish Government has published its analysis report on A Culture Strategy for Scotland (23 January 2019).

The report, prepared by independent consultants Craigforth Consulting Ltd, sets out the findings of the public consultation on a draft Culture Strategy for Scotland, which you can view via the links below:

Key Themes Report

Summary Analysis Report

Full Report

Submissions on the Scottish Government’s Consultation Hub, Citizen Space

The analysis report demonstrates overall support for the ambitions, aims and actions set out in a draft Culture Strategy for Scotland and reflects the rich and varied material that the consultation on the draft strategy has generated.

The Scottish Government is reflecting on that rich material generated from the consultation and is considering how these views will shape the content of the final strategy which will be published in 2019.

January 28, 2019

Publishing Scotland Annual Trade Conference: 22 February 2018

The joint Publishing Scotland and Booksellers Association Scottish Book Trade Conference 2018 will take place on Thursday 22 February at Central Hall, Tollcross, Edinburgh.

The conference is the biggest get-together of publishers and booksellers in Scotland.

To view the conference programme and book your place, please visit Publishing Scotland’s website here.

 

 

January 17, 2018

Alan Spence – new Edinburgh Makar

Huge congratulations to Alan Spence, who was appointed the new Edinburgh Makar this week.

Alan Spence is a highly respected poet, playwright, and novelist, who lives in Edinburgh but was born in Glasgow. He taught creative writing at the University of Aberdeen for nearly 20 years, and his writing spans many genres and themes, often falling somewhere between literature and philosophy with poetry inspired by Zen and meditation. His writing covers many forms including haiku and tanka, often in collaboration with artists such as Elizabeth Blackadder and Alison Watt. His most recent novel is Night Boat, published by Canongate, and is based on the life of Zen master Hakuin.

He said: “I am delighted and honoured to be nominated as the fifth Edinburgh Makar, the Poet Laureate for this wonderful city that has been my home for over 40 years.

“I look forward to following in the footsteps of my illustrious predecessors, Stewart Conn, Valerie Gillies, Ron Butlin and Christine De Luca. I know them all and they’re fine poets who have done a great job. We live in troubled times and poetry has never been so important.”

The outgoing Edinburgh Makar, Christine De Luca said: “I am delighted that Alan Spence is to be our next Makar.  Besides being a wonderful writer, he is out-going and generous-hearted.  I’m sure he’ll take the role in fascinating new directions.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as the Edinburgh Makar and found nothing but support from the Council and its staff and from the other organisations supporting the role. Local poets too have been hugely encouraging and have willingly taken part in a range of projects.”

The Edinburgh Makar is a civic post instituted in 2002 by the City of Edinburgh Council. The writer is selected and nominated by representatives of the Scottish Poetry Library, Scottish PEN, The Salite Society, Edinburgh City of Literature Trust and the City of Edinburgh Council. They serve a term of three years.

A history of Edinburgh Makars:

  • Stewart Conn – 2002
  • Valerie Gillies – 2005
  • Ron Butlin – 2008 & 2011
  • Christine De Luca – 2014
  • Alan Spence – 2017

Information courtesy of Edinburgh City of Literature and Edinburgh City Council

 

October 6, 2017