The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship: 2014 Fellows

Find out more about the Fellowship here.

Iain Johnstone
Iain Johnstone

Born and educated in Edinburgh, Iain has worked professionally in the world of theatre as composer, actor, director and writer. Iain has worked with a number of theatre companies across Scotland, including Theatre Workshop, Dundee Rep, the Royal Lyceum and Communicado before spending six years at Northern Stage Newcastle. Returning to Edinburgh, Iain joined up with his old friend Andy Cannon at Wee Stories Theatre, where together they created most of the company's award-winning work over the following decade, with shows such as; Treasure IslandThe Emperor’s New Kilt (co-production with National Theatre of Scotland) and Arthur, the Story of a King. Iain became co-director in 2006 and Artistic Director in 2012. Iain is also an Associate Artist with Told by an Idiot. 

Iain says:

"Being able to spend one month in a beautiful part of France entirely focused on writing a play set in France during and after the Great War is an incredible opportunity for me. It is also wonderful for my self-confidence as a writer. I am straining at the leash to get there and start scribbling!"


Lisa Ballantyne
Lisa Ballantyne

Lisa Ballantyne was born in Armadale, West Lothian and was educated at Armadale Academy and University of St Andrews. She spent most of her twenties working and living in China, returning to the UK in 2002 to work in Higher Education. Her debut novel, The Guilty One, sold into 28 territories world-wide. Her second novel will be published by Little Brown in 2015. She lives in Glasgow. 

Lisa says:

"I was utterly delighted to be awarded the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. It is an immense honour and I hope that this spectacular opportunity will help me to hone and develop my ongoing work, and to broaden my perspective after experiencing this exciting cultural region in France for the first time."


Stuart A. Paterson
Stuart A. Paterson

Stuart A. Paterson was born in 1966 and brought up in Ayrshire. He received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 1992 and a Scottish Arts Council Writer’s Bursary in 1993. He founded and edited the international poetry and prose review Spectrum, from 1989 to 1996. Stuart’s first collection, Saving Graces, was published by Diehard (Poetry Scotland) in 1997. His work has also appeared in many anthologies, including Dream State: The New Scottish Poets (Polygon), A Year In Poetry (Random House), Scottish Literature in the Twentieth Century (Scottish Cultural Press) and The Forward Book of Poetry (Sinclair-Stevenson). Stuart moved to Manchester in 1998 where he was involved in running writers’ groups in the mental health sector & in schools. He returned to live by the sea and write in Galloway in 2012.

Read more about Stuart's experiences on the retreat. 

Stuart says:

“I was completely surprised and delighted when told I'd been awarded one of this year's Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowships. It's a real privilege to be given the opportunity of visiting & living in a place so admired by and inspiring to Stevenson, who's one of those rare writers we all grew up reading and hearing about, as novelist, poet and traveller. Like my fellow countyman Burns, he's one of those Scottish figures I consider to be a constant influence on my own work and to whom most writers since definitely owe a debt. I look forward to following in his footsteps just a little bit, for as he himself said, ‘There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.’”


Tom Pow - photo by Jemimah Kuhfield
Tom Pow

Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh and lives in Dumfries. He teaches part-time on Lancaster University's Distance Learning Masters in Creative Writing and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow University Dumfries. Primarily a poet, several of his collections have won awards and three have been short-listed for Scottish Book of the Year. He has also written young adult novels, picture books, radio plays and a travel book about Peru. He was the first Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (2001-2003) and in 2013, he was Bartholomew Writer in Residence at the National Library of Scotland. A Wild Adventure, Thomas Watling Dumfries Convict Artist, will be published in June; and in August, Concerning the Atlas of Scotland and Other Poems, based on his work at the NLS (both books published by Polygon).

Tom says:

"The fellowship offers the opportunity to think through and to work on a project on narrative poetry which has been on my mind for a considerable time. I also like to think there is some indefinable benefit resting and working in the shadow of a writer I have both loved and written about."