A stress-free two months to concentrate on work in progress and to begin new projects in an inspiring international cultural centre - that surely has to be a gift for any writer. Annually since 1994, the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award, administered by the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Arts Council, has given writers in Scotland this opportunity to develop their work during two months' residency at Grez-sur-Loing in France.
This year's recipients are: Louise Welsh, whose first novel, The Cutting Room, won critical acclaim and is to be turned into a film (starring Scottish actor Robert Carlyle); Donal McLaughlin, a prolific writer and translator; and Gavin Bowd, who has had poetry, fiction and essays published.
Louise has already enjoyed what turned out to be an exceptionally productive residency at the Hôtel Chevillon, where Robert Louis Stevenson spent several summers in the 1870s and which is now an international arts centre attracting artists and sculptors, as well as writers. 'The cross-cultural exchange was in unexpected bonus of the Award,' she says.
For more on the 2003 Award winners, see our press release 'Treasure Islands of the Imagination'.
7 October 2003