Lewis writer is Writer in Residence at Cromary Arts Trust

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Award-winning director and dramatist Iain Finlay MacLeod from Ness in Lewis is the new Writer in Residence at the Cromarty Arts Trust for the month of February.

As well as fiction, he writes for theatre, film and radio. He also works as a script doctor and advisor on projects. He regularly runs workshops on different aspects of the writing process, as well as a number of public appearances every year.

Iain Finlay was encouraged to write at a young age by his uncle, Dr Finlay Macleod, a dramatist and writer of children’s books. His first experience of making theatre came at the National Gaelic Youth Theatre in the early nineties. From there he attended The International School for Writers, Actors and Directors at the Royal Court Theatre, London in 1994. He began submitting work to the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, who have been very influential in developing his work.

Iain Finlay has a great deal of experience in the world of film and television. He has won a number of awards for his work as a director and writer. More recently, he was one of the writers on the Gaelic Feature Film “Seachd - The Innaccessible Pinnacle”. This film was nominated for two Baftas, Best Screenplay and Best Film.

Iain Finlay has received praise for his plays, and was one of the directors on the BAFTA award-winning arts series Tacsi. His plays, which he writes in both Gaelic and English, include ‘Alexander Salamander’ and ‘Homers’ both of which were performed by the Edinburgh-based Traverse Theatre Company. He has also just published his first novel ‘Na Klondykers’: a Gaelic novel set in Ullapool in the 1980s which centres on a love story between a Russian girl from one of the fishing boats, which used to visit the north-west Highland village at the time, and a local man. He has also directed a number of arts documentaries including programmes on folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw and poet Murdo MacFarlane. He also runs his own independent production company Zebo Productions.

Iain Finlay will be joining local writers in Cromarty for a series of Fireside Evenings where he will share his thoughts and ideas about being a writer in the 21st Century.

Caroline Hewat, Arts Development Manager said, ‘We really hope Iain Finlay will enjoy his short stay in Cromarty and we hope he will be inspired by the people and the place to create some original new work.’ The Writer in Residence at Cromarty is funded by Bord na Gaidhlig.