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Opportunity for New Gaelic Writers

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Article by ERMurray © 14 October 2019.
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The Gaelic Books Council and Scottish Book Trust are seeking two unpublished writers to participate in the Gaelic New Writers Awards 2020.

The annual Gaelic New Writers Awards development scheme, a collaboration between the two organisations, is now open for applications. Through this programme, two new Gaelic writers will each be awarded grants of £2,000 and professional advice regarding their work. The Awardees will receive a tailored package which can include mentoring from experienced writers and industry professionals, training in PR and presentation, and a week-long retreat at Moniack Mhòr Creative Writing Centre near Inverness.

Now entering the eleventh year of this successful partnership, both organisations are keen to hear from Gaelic writers who have so far kept their talents under wraps but are now ready to bring their work to a wider audience. Previous recipients of Gaelic New Writers Awards include Morag Ann MacNeil, Niall O’Gallagher and Calum L. MacLeod. Another author who received support through this programme is John D. Urquhart, who recently won the prestigious 2019 Donald Meek Award for his collection of Gaelic poetry, Turas (Journey).

The scheme is open to unpublished Gaelic writers of various genres on condition that they are resident in Scotland and not in full-time education.

Further information about the Gaelic New Writers Awards 2020 can be obtained from Mairi MacCuish, Literature and Publishing Officer at the Gaelic Books Council, or from the Gaelic Books Council’s website www.gaelicbooks.org. Applications must be received by 5.00pm on Friday 8th November 2019.


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com