Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowships 2019 announced
7 May 2019
Scottish Book Trust, the national charity
changing lives through reading and writing, has announced that the
four Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowships for 2019 have been awarded
- Bernard McLaverty. At present,
Bernard is working on a new book of short stories, as yet untitled.
he hopes to make progress on this collection during his month as a
Rober Louis Stevenson Fellow.
- Linda Cracknell. Linda aims to use
this distraction-free time to initiate some completely new work,
including radio drama proposals and a non-fiction project which,
fittingly to RLS, involves sea and ships and even some
- Maria Fusco. Maria will be completing her
debut novel, Heart of a Peach, about surveillance and
- Philip Miller. Philip plans to make some
progress on a 'big' book, The Moving Glass, but also
complete a new novel, The Spook School, which is set
in the Scottish art world. He would also like to edit and revise
some poems and gather them together in a collection, tentatively
For more about the Fellows, see the Scottish Book Trust website.
The Fellowship gives writers the time to concentrate on and
develop their work in an inspiring environment. The residency also
allows writers to spend time with other artists and absorb fresh
The Fellowship was initiated in 1994 by Franki Fewkes, a
Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson enthusiast, and is supported by
Creative Scotland. Intended to give writers a chance to escape the
routine and distractions of their everyday lives to devote time to
their writing, it provides residencies for four writers at the
Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at
Grez-sur-Loing, France. Travel and accommodation costs are
covered, plus a grant of £300 per week for living expenses.
Grez-sur-Loing is at the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau and
was chosen because of its connections with Robert Louis Stevenson
who first visited in 1875. It was there, at the Hôtel Chevillon,
that he met his future wife Fanny Osbourne.