Cape Breton native Stacey MacLean spent three weeks on Islay last summer on a Gaelic writer’s residency organised by Islay Book Festival and funded by a grant from the British Council. During her time on the island, Stacey visited local schools and community groups, and joined in with conversation classes at the Bowmore Gaelic college. She also took part in several events at the 2019 book festival, including a memorable bilingual evening of song and storytelling that was supported by funding from the Islay Energy Trust.Continue reading “Stacey MacLean talks about her residency on Islay last summer”
We have some amazing news! Islay Book Festival has been awarded an international writer-in-residence grant by the British Council, and for the International Year of Indigenous Languages we’ve decided to use it to form a key part of our Gaelic programme for this year’s festival (29th August to 1st September).
The successful applicant will be offered a two-week funded residency on the beautiful island of Islay in the second half of August 2019. During their stay on Scotland’s famous whisky isle, the resident will work on a creative project with our schools and a number of local partners, as well as contribute their own work as part of our book festival programme and take part in a Gaelic cultural celebration.Continue reading “Opportunity for an international writer-in-residence working in Scottish Gaelic”