The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship: 2015 Fellows
Supported by Creative Scotland, we’re delighted to offer places for four published writers on the programme. Each writer will enjoy a month long residency at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing in France.
The Fellowship gives writers the time to concentrate on and develop their work in an inspiring environment. The residency also allows writers to spend time with other artists and absorb fresh cultural experiences. Click here to learn more about the Fellowship.
We're delighted to announce that the following writers will receive a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2015:
Lynsey May was awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013, has placed fiction in a variety of journals and publications and enjoyed reading at a number of literary festivals across the country. During the residency, Lynsey began work on a new novel, tentatively tilted The Long Night.
"I couldn't be more grateful for the wonderful gift of time, space and inspiration the Rober Louis Stevenson Fellowship offers -and plan to make the most of every minute. I'm particularly looking forward to briefly disengaging with all of the stresses and distractions of everyday life and completely immersing myself in the novel I'm working on."
Malachy Tallack has written for the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Scottish Review of Books and many other publications, online and in print. He won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014 and his first book, Sixty Degrees North, was published in 2015. It was featured as a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4, and shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. As a singer-songwriter he has released four albums and an EP, and performed in venues across the UK. He is also contributing editor of the online magazine The Island Review. He is from Shetland, and currently lives in Glasgow.
During the residency, Malachy worked on a novel set in Shetland, which he hopes to complete in 2016.
"I'm absolutely delighted to receive an RLS Fellowship. It means a great deal to have the support of the Scottish Book Trust, and the chance to spend a month working solely on this project will be a huge boost towards completing the novel."
Michael Pedersen has published two celebrated chapbooks, and a debut collection Play with Me with Polygon. He is a Canongate Future 40, a 2010 Callum McDonald Memorial Award finalist, the John Mather’s Charitable Trust Rising Star of Literature 2014; as well as a budding playwright and lyricist, and co-founder of the Neu! Reekie! collective.
During the residency, Michael will be working towards a second collection of poetry and sculpting a feature film script – a collaboration with Scottish Director Robert McKillop.
"I’ve had my lasers set on the RLS Fellowship for a couple of years now but 2015 (for a veritable swarm of reasons) is the paragoning point for it – there’s something more tectonic at play. As well as my poetry taking on fresh shapes and forms, I’m exploring a new medium in script writing. Sequel collections and inaugural scripts are both formidable endeavours and what more inspiring a place to tackle such literary behemoths than Grez-sur-Loing. Not only to tackle but to have an arsenal of anointments behind you – those being the RLS Fellowship and its history of lustrous literary and artistic visitants – steam to the engine and then some. I was elated to receive the call. There may have been a jump and some sort of rhythmical shimmy that resembled a cumbersome dance-move from decades beyond."
Alan McKendrick is a writer, director and translator working across theatre, film and opera.
Recent projects as writer/director include an adaptation of Alexander Trocchi's cult novel Cain's Book for Untitled Projects; Emancipation Acts, a theatre piece exploring Glasgow's history of links to the Atlantic slave trade, which was performed as part of the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme with a 65-strong cast; and The Animal Sculpture Sinfonia Tunes Down, a musical/narrative film piece exhibited at Seventeen Gallery Aberdeen.
Alan also recently scripted Ophelia, a radical rewriting of William Shakespeare's Hamlet in collaboration with performer Adura Onashile and director Stewart Laing (Òran Mór) and The Eye (Untitled Projects), a free adaptation of Georges Bataille's Story Of The Eye featuring kinetic sculptures, robotics, silicone prosthetics and live performance, presented at Glasgow Sculpture Studios.
He has also made work with various other organisations including the Arches, Tron, Traverse, Horsecross Arts, Glasgow International, Glasgow Gallery Of Modern Art, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Northern Stage, Aldeburgh Music, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, National Theatre Studio, Bayerische Staatsoper, Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Volksbühne Berlin and Riot Group.
During his residency, Alan worked on two one-act stage plays, Fire In That Department and Bobby Lizardmode Loves Frankenstein Handsome, both of which deal in their very different ways with Stevensonian themes of transformation and the divided self.
"I am obviously very happy to have been afforded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship - for a multitude of reasons, of which here I'll offer two. For one, am presently coming off of a long run of theatrical projects which have all in one or another way been adaptations, so am now greatly looking forward to some supported hermetic time to embark upon an original script. Secondly, despite having formerly lived in Germany for many years and travelling widely throughout Europe besides, I have somehow reached 35 years of age without ever once in my life having been to France – an egregious omission, and one I'm glad to finally here have a great and welcome opportunity to amend."