Reader in Residence for Western Isles

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Ian Stephen has taken up the position of Reader-in-Residence for Western Isles Libraries. For the next six months, Ian will work with library staff on a series of events and activities aimed at encouraging people to share a love for words, reading and creative writing.

He said: “I’m very happy that the application with Western Isles Libraries has been chosen to be one of the Scotland-wide group of Readers in Residence projects.

“My aim is to complete several publication projects while working to raise awareness of different generations of writing from Scottish Islands, so I’m very much looking forward to meeting with readers who use the excellent library resources throughout the Western Isles.”

Ian’s residency will be launched on Thursday 1 December at Stornoway Library at 5.30pm, when all are invited to visit the Stornoway Library and Coffee Shop to enjoy readings, storytelling and music until the Christmas Lights switch-on at 7pm.

Ian Stephen was born in Stornoway and still lives in the town. He studied Education, Drama and Literature at Aberdeen University graduating with a B Ed (hons) with distinction.

He worked for the Coastguard Service for many years but has been a full time writer and artist since winning the first Robert Louis Stevenson Award in 1995.

The Reader in Residence project is being managed by Shetland Arts Development Agency and is one of five residencies awarded in Scotland.