As part of the 2017 Robert Louis Stevenson Day celebrations, Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce that the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship for professional writers is now open for applications.
Scotland-based writers, who would benefit from time away from their usual environment to develop their work, are encouraged to apply.
The Fellowship was initiated in 1994 by Franki Fewkes, a Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson enthusiast then living in France, and is supported by Creative Scotland. It provides residencies for four ‘Fellows’, for one month each, in a self-catering studio apartment at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing in France. Travel and accommodation are paid for, and there is a grant of £300 per week to cover living expenses.
Grez-sur-Loing is situated 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. Stevenson found both the place, and its well-established community of writers and artists, highly attractive and he returned to Grez-sur-Loing for three successive summers.
The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship has helped sixty writers since its creation, and Scottish Book Trust has supported sixteen writers since taking over the fellowship in 2014. Works produced during the retreat include Janice Galloway’s award winning memoir, ‘All About Me’, and some of Michael Pedersen’s collection, ‘Oyster’.
Terms and Conditions
Applications are open to:
– published novelists, including writers of books for adults, young adults and children;
– authors of a portfolio of published short fiction, which may include publication in journals, magazines and anthologies, and in collection form;
– poets whose work includes a portfolio of published poems, which may include work in journals, anthologies, pamphlets and full collections;
– authors of published works of narrative non-fiction (such as biography or memoir but not textbooks, journalism or purely factual works);
– playwrights and screen writers.
Further details available here.