Freight and Stanza win major Creative Scotland funds

Freight and Stanza win major Creative Scotland funds

Scottish publishers and book festivals are among the recipients of £2m of funding from Creative Scotland.

The arts organisation has awarded grants of between £1,500 and £100,000 to 88 different artists and groups across Scotland, including Freight Books and the Borders Book Festival.

Freight Books, based in Glasgow, has been awarded £69,889 as part of the Open Project Funding, allowing it to continue as "one of Scotland's leading publishers of fiction, poetry and general non-fiction", according to the citation.

Adrian Searle, founder of Freight, said he was "ecstatic" at the support.

"We have a great working relationship with Creative Scotland, we've worked very hard to build that and they've bought into what we've trying to do," Searle said. "Although it was a surprise, we're delighted, nay, ecstatic, at the level of support they are showing us. It's a real vindication of our strategy for the past four years." Searle added that the funding would help Freight to expand its list, boost its marketing and ultimately sell more books.

Fellow indie publisher Black & White Publishing, based in Edinburgh, also receives money, with a grant of £12,000 to assist with publishing a range of new titles.

Meanwhile, the Stanza Scotland's Poetry Festival in St Andrews receives £80,000 to fund "programming and digital development initiatives", while the Borders Book Festival has been given £21,625, and the Dunbar Festival of Words has been given £5,000. 

The Saltire Society, which runs the Saltire Society Literary Awards for Scottish books, has been awarded £25,000 to continue its awards programme and support of literature in Scotland. Other projects which have been recognised include Rayo Verde Editorial, which receives just over £5,000 to assist it in translating Ali Smith's How to be Both and The Accidental into Catalan, Lapidus Scotland, which ail receive £12,000 to crewe a therapeutic bibliotherapy toolkit, and a £9,000 award to support three writers in attending this summer's Melbourne Writers and Queensland Poetry Festival in Australia. Author Stewart Ennis has also received £1,500 to help in the writing of Blessed Assurance, a novel set in a fog-bound Scottish village in the 1970s.

Jane Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland said: "These Awards will enable nearly 100 artists, creative companies and community groups to reach into theatres, galleries, arts centres, care homes, hospitals and schools. Collectively these projects will have a major impact on the quality of people’s lives across Scotland in many different ways, stimulating people’s imagination and confidence through coming together to enjoy artistic and creative experiences."