The Young Gaelic Writer Residency 2023

Posted on 26 May 2023 in Latest News

Now in its second year, the Young Gaelic Writer Residency is a fully funded residency for Gaelic writers aged between 18 and 30. This two-week residency will take place from Monday 4 September to Sunday 17 September 2023, and the resident will receive a fee, a travel and research allowance, and one-to-one bespoke mentoring with an established Gaelic writer. The deadline for applications is Monday 26 June 2023 (by noon).

This residency is funded by Comhairle nan Leabhraichean and developed in collaboration with Cove Park.

Key Points
  • The residency at Cove Park will take place from Monday 4 September – Sunday 17 September 2023.
  • The Writer will receive a total residency fee of £900 (£450 per week), plus a travel allowance of up to £300 and a research allowance of up to £200.
  • The Writer will be allocated four sessions of one-to-one mentoring with an established Gaelic writer. The fees for this are covered by the project.
  • The residency will include one event at Cove Park during the second week, the form and scope of which will be agreed upon by the Writer, Cove Park and Comhairle nan Leabhraichean.
  • The residencies are designed to support the development of new work, research, and experimentation.
  • Cove Park’s team will support research and practical requirements leading up to and during the residency.

What Cove Park Provides
  • Individual private accommodation/workspace on site at Cove Park.
  • Workspace and meeting space within the communal Jacobs Building, which also houses a library, a large rehearsal room with a wooden floor, open-plan kitchen and dining area, and laundry facilities.
  • Unlimited access to the 50-acre site.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible to apply you must be a Gaelic writer based in Scotland between the ages of 18 and 30.

How to Apply?

Applications can be submitted via the online Application Form. The Application Form must include:

  • Your name and contact details.
  • A statement in Gaelic (no more than 500 words) briefly describing your current work and the reasons for your interest in this residency and mentoring opportunity.
  • Your CV, including the names and contact details of two professional referees, from a teacher, tutor, or employer, for example (please note we will only contact your referees if your application is shortlisted for interview).
  • A list of the samples of work provided.

Please upload the following documentation or accompanying material within the Application Form:

  • Prose, no more than 500 words (no more than 2 pages). Poetry, up to 4 poems (no more than 4 pages). You may submit some English prose or poems as an example of your work, but please ensure that at least 50% of your accompanying material is written in Gaelic.

We can accept submissions in audio or video formats if this is preferable to a written application. If you consider yourself to have a disability, please tell us if there are any reasonable adjustments to the application process that would be of assistance to you. If you would like to discuss this, or need help making your application, please contact Cove Park’s Programmes & Communications Producer Alex Marrs directly.

Shortlisting and Appointment Process

Selection for interview will be based on the following criteria:

  • The quality of your ideas and work.
  • Your need for an extended period of research and development, and your reasons for applying to this programme.
  • Your interest in working within a community of artists.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application as soon as it is received. This acknowledgement will include a link to our anonymous Equality, Diversity & Inclusion monitoring form for completion and we would be grateful for your time with this. If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please contact Cove Park directly to confirm receipt of your application.

The applications will be short-listed for interview jointly by Cove Park and Comhairle nan Leabhraichean. All applicants will be notified if their submission has been shortlisted for interview by Friday 30 June 2023. Interviews will take place via Zoom during the week of Monday 3 July 2023. The interview panel will include members of the Cove Park and Comhairle nan Leabhraichean teams.

Cove Park aims to provide a safe and positive environment for everyone, and to actively dismantle discrimination based on race, national or ethnic background, skin colour, citizenship status, hair texture and hairstyle, sex, sexual orientation, gender(s), gender expression, age, religion or belief, language, ability, neurodiversity, physical and mental health, socio-economic status, educational background, pregnancy or parental status, marriage or civil partnership status, immigration status, and cultural markings and/or tattoos due to religious rituals from pre-colonial cultural practices. As language, terms, and expressions inevitably evolve, Cove Park is committed to reviewing this statement regularly– and as often as it becomes appropriate – with our local, national and international communities.

Please note, we will store applications electronically for one year. The data contained within your application will not be used for any purpose other than short-listing, running, and evaluating the programme. We will not share your details with any third parties without obtaining permission from you to do so.

We would prefer not to receive applications by post. However, if you would like to submit supplementary material, such as catalogues, with your application please post these to the address below. If you would like this material to be returned to you, please enclose a self-addressed and stamped envelope.

Young Gaelic Writer Residency 2023
Cove Park, Peaton Hill, Cove, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, G84 0PE

For further information please contact:
Alex Marrs, Programmes & Communications Producer
01436 850500
[email protected]

Deadline for applications: Monday 26 June 2023 (by noon)