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23 July 2018

Open Project Funding awards announced

4 July 2016

On Friday 1 July 2016, Creative Scotland announced over £880k Open Project Funding awarded in May to 38 projects across the arts, screen and creative industries all over Scotland. They include: the Saltire Literary Awards; Cove Park's translation programme; three illustrated books by Edinburgh-based publisher Birlinn; a debut poetry collection by Edinburgh-based writer Sophie Collins; and issues 55 to 57 of The Drouth, an independent Scottish arts, culture and politics quarterly. For the full list of recent awards, see the Creative Scotland website.

  • SALTIRE SOCIETY. Funding (£50,000) to support the Saltire Literary Awards in 2016 and 2017. The awards encompasss the breadth of the literary ecology to the benefit of authors, the reading public, academics and publishers.  The ceremonies will be a major gathering of Scotland's literary family including the reading public and aspiring writers.
  • COVE PARK. Funding (£34,500) to support a two year period of development at Scotland's International Artist Residency Centre, Cove Park to expand their translation programme and create a translation hub.
  • BIRLINN. Funding (£14,500) to enable Edinburgh-based publishers Birlinn to publish three illustrated books. Un-discovered Islands is Glasgow-based writer and singer-songwriter Malachy Tallack's second book following on from his very successful debut, Sixty Degrees North. It will feature original illustrations by London-based artist Katie Scott. Birlinn will also publish new illustrated editions in English and Scots of Scotland's first children's book, The Buke of the Howlat. The book is the result of a collaboration between Scots novelist James Robertson and Edinburgh-based artist and illustrator Kate Leiper.
  • SOPHIE COLLINS. Funding (£4,500) to support Edinburgh-based writer Sophie Collins to write a debut poetry collection, provisionally titled Mary Sue. Mary Sue takes its title from a term in popular culture that is used to describe fictional characters who are believed to be thinly disguised versions of the author's idealised self. In presenting a set of female-led narratives, the poems in the collection will both embody and subvert this stereotype. The collection will be the first by a British poet on Penguin's new list, preceded  by American poet Claudia Rankine's Citizen (2015), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2015.
  • THE DROUTH. Funding (£14,700) to support Issues 55-57 of The Drouth, an independent Scottish arts, culture and politics quarterly.  Funding will enable the organisation to commission new works, collaborate with other cultural organisations and curate major public events. The Drouth aims to stimulate debate on literature, art and politics and through its unique platform, allowing its readers and participants to access critical and artistic works that are diverse, complex and challenging.


For more information about Open Project Funding and to apply, see the Creative Scotland website.