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21 November 2019

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 to:

  • Bernard McLavertyAt 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 CracknellLinda 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 pirates.
  • Maria Fusco. Maria will be completing her debut novel, Heart of a Peach, about surveillance and forgetfulness.
  • 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 titled Children.

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 cultural experiences.

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.