The Scottish Book Trust has been awarded £95,000 for a new national programme for young writers, from Time To Shine, Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy.
The Young Writers programme will include a conference, development of writers groups across Scotland, and an online platform to showcase work by young writers. It will be delivered in partnership with Youth Arts Hubs and literature organisations across Scotland.
Jenny Niven, portfolio manager for Literature at Creative Scotland, said the programme “will be hugely welcomed by the literature sector in Scotland”. She continued: “While there are pockets of activity for young people, this is the first programme running nationwide which will offer the opportunity for young people both to explore and develop their individual talent, but crucially to be better connected to others across the country with similar interests.The combination of mentoring, writing groups, the writers conference and the online platform is a real step forward in provision for young people interested in writing and literature.”
Caitrin Armstrong, head of Writer Development at Scottish Book Trust, added: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Time to Shine funding to support young writing talent. Scottish literature organisations are doing some brilliant work with young people, but there is currently no clear pathway for young writers, and not enough opportunity for them to showcase their work. The Young Writers programme will support young people to co-develop and co-produce their own support, allowing them to shape the future of writing in Scotland.”
Scottish Book Trust is now recruiting a full-time Young Writers co-ordinator to develop and deliver its new programme. The co-ordinator will liaise with the young participants and partners, and will monitor work published online. The post will be supported by Scottish Book Trust’s Writer Development Team and Marketing Team.
Funding was also awarded to Selkirk-based Voice of My Own (VOMO), which will use the £99,712 to help young people to create, film and broadcast multi art form projects through its Arts in the Frame programme, and arts centre An Lanntair, which received £89,000 to deliver its Uncharted programme, which will address access issues to the arts for young people in the Western Isles.