Scottish Book Trust has announced the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship for professional writers living in Scotland is now open for applications.
The fellowship, launched in 1994 and supported by Creative Scotland, offers Scotland-based writers the opportunity to "follow in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson" by attending a retreat to Grez-sur-Loing in France, a village he visited frequently.
Four fellows will be taken on for one month each, in a self-catering studio apartment at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing. Travel and accommodation are paid for, and there is a grant of £300 per week to cover living expenses.
Previous fellows include novelist Jenni Fagan, Makar Liz Lochhead, and poet and performer Michael Pedersen.
Shane Strachan, a 2018 Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow, said: “The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship has opened many doors for me to take my research to exciting and innovative places. It has also granted me the time and support to research archives across the northeast of Scotland and archives at Central Saint Martins in London where the Scottish fashion designer Bill Gibb studied. All of this research will hopefully add to the authenticity and creativity of the final novel, which I’m looking forward to having focused time working on when I head to Grez-sur-Loing in November.”
Marc Lambert, c.e.o. of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Scottish Book Trust is pleased to offer this opportunity for professional writers to follow in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson. The retreat at Grez-sur-Loing offers the time and space to work on creative projects, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Forest of Fontainebleau.”
Mairi Kidd, interim head of Literature, Languages & Publishing, added: “Writers are vital to our creative and social landscape here in Scotland. We know that many writers struggle to find and to fund time to write and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship offers precisely that, in a peaceful and inspiring location linked to the life of one of our greatest literary talents. We look forward to welcoming the new recipients of the Fellowship to the stellar list of previous writers.”
To apply, and for full eligibility criteria, interested writers can visit the Scottish Book Trust website. The closing date for Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2019 applications is noon on Wednesday 30th January.