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15 October 2019

International travel fund for Scottish writers launched

3 April 2019

Scottish Books International, Scotland's first international books promotion service, has launched a new fund to support Scottish writers wishing to travel overseas to promote their work.

The fund will enable Scottish writers to take up opportunities and invitations to appear at literary festivals or events around the world, building audiences for Scottish writing overseas and relationships between Scottish writers and international festivals, publishers and organisations. With an available budget of £15,000 for 2019/20 the Author International Travel Fund will accept applications on a rolling basis for a period of one year. Writers can apply for a maximum of £1,000 to support travel costs. For further information, see the Scottish Books International website.

On the launch of the new fund, Sasha de Buyl, Manager of Scottish Books International commented: "It's very exciting to be launching our first project as part of Scottish Books International and especially one that will have such a positive and immediate impact. Being able to access support for travel costs for writers can act as a major factor influencing which writers are included in an artistic programme, and so the Author International Travel Fund stands to have considerable impact on how far our writers and writing can travel, and who they can reach."

Scottish Books International has been established as a result of Creative Scotland's Literature and Publishing Sector Review which called for greater coordination around the promotion of Scottish literature and is managed by a steering group comprised of representatives from Creative Scotland, Jenny Brown Associates, Publishing Scotland and Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Mairi Kidd, Interim Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing, Creative Scotland, said: "International demand for Scottish work is strong and can open up hugely exciting opportunities for our artists. Creative Scotland is delighted to support this fund which aims to get our writers in front of audiences across the world."

Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said "The Edinburgh International Book Festival has built its reputation on bringing world renowned authors into the UK from around the globe and introducing Scottish audiences to new voices from abroad. How wonderful that we can now expand our support for our home-grown talent by sending Scottish writers to engage in international dialogue with fellow authors and to showcase their work on these major international platforms. This kind of cultural exchange is more important than ever and we are proud to be a part of it."

Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland, commented: "This is a very welcome start for the new service and sits squarely within its aims - that of providing targeted assistance to writers for overseas travel, with short application times and decisions. Writers have the opportunity to attend festivals, launches for their international editions, or meet their overseas publishers, helping to bring Scottish writing to the world."