Skills development for new Gaelic writers

The Gaelic Books Council has launched its annual development scheme for new Gaelic writers at this year’s Royal National Mod in Dunoon.

The Gaelic New Writers Awards 2013, a collaborative project between Scottish Book Trust and the Gaelic Books Council, is now open for applications. As part of this programme two new Gaelic writers will receive grants of £2,000 each and expert advice regarding their work.

They will be given the opportunity to participate in training courses and advisory sessions, and to develop links with a publisher or literary agent. Depending on progress, they will also have an opportunity to be mentored by an established author, with a view to advancement towards professional development and publication.

Now entering the fourth year of this successful partnership, both organisations are eager to hear from writers who have so far kept their talents under wraps but are now ready bring their work to a wider audience.

Previous recipients of Gaelic New Writers Awards include Niall O’Gallagher, Ishi MacLean, Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones, Maureen Macleod, Christine Stone and Seonaidh Charity.

The scheme is open to Gaelic writers of every genre (prose, poetry, drama, biography) on condition that they are based in Scotland, have not previously published a book, and will not be participating in full-time education during 2013.

Further information about the Gaelic New Writers Awards 2013 can be obtained from Mairi MacCuish, Literature and Publishing Officer at the Gaelic Books Council, or from the Gaelic Books Council’s website www.gaelicbooks.org.

Applications must be received by 12.00noon on Friday 7th December 2012.