Residency opportunity at the National Library of Scotland
The role of the Scots Scriever is a joint initiative of Creative Scotland and the National Library of Scotland. Established in 2015, the role was created to support Creative Scotland's Scots Language Policy (which can be viewed on the Creative Scotland website).
This is a unique type of creative residency with a high level of public engagement, a creative response to Scots collections at the National Library of Scotland, and regular ongoing output in Scots all required throughout the tenure.
The purpose of the Scriever residency is specifically:
- To produce original, creative work in Scots (any variant or dialect) in any genre or discipline throughout the tenure
- To have explicit responsibility for raising the profile, understanding and appreciation of creative work in the Scots language, including that held within the National Library's collections.
With the first highly successful iteration of the Scriever residency focusing in large part on Scots in education, there is an aspiration for this tenure to pursue engagement and greater visibility for Scots in public life more widely. We would welcome approaches which consider this aspect, which may include working with the media, the arts, workplaces, library services, etc.
The residency runs for a period of two years, with an approximate engagement of one week per month throughout that time. It is anticipated that around 50% of the time will be spent on producing new creative work and 50% on the profile raising / public engagement aspect of the role.
The National Library will provide a space for the Scriever to work in its building on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, access to relevant staff and collections, and some administrative support.
It is expected the applicant may manage the appointment alongside other work or freelance commitments, so applicants will have flexibility as to how to manage their time and exactly how much time in each sitting they intend to spend physically in the library. For instance, writers traveling to Edinburgh from further afield may wish to do so less frequently but for longer periods at a time. This aspect can be further discussed at interview stage.
Travel and accommodation costs will be made available to enable the successful writer in residence to spend the suggested amount of time within the library, up to a budget of £2,400 per year (an average of £200 per month).
- Fixed-term residency of two years, with approximate engagement equivalent to one week per month throughout, from April 2018 to April 2020
- The salary for the residency is £15,000 per year
- Hosted by the National Library of Scotland
- A requirement to produce work in Scots during the life of the appointment. It is expected this work will be connected to the existing creative practice of the successful applicant
- A national remit which will involve engagement across Scotland with the appointee holding a leadership role in promoting the use of Scots including advocacy where possible in encouraging printed contributions to the National Library to further develop the collections. Please note some travel will therefore be required
- A programme to be devised which includes public events aimed at raising the visibility of Scots across civic and cultural life, including in the media
- The programme will include time for the Scriever to directly engage and interpret creatively aspects of the vast archive of Scots language content hosted within the National Library of Scotland, both contemporary and historical. This work will support the ongoing work of the National Library to make the Scots language collections more visible to the public via the 'Wee Windaes' website
- Visible engagement with contemporary Scots via the use of social media and relevant websites throughout the appointment.
- Established reputation in the creative use of the Scots language, in any variety or dialect of Scots
- Demonstrated ability to respond creatively and critically to the existing National Library collections in Scots
- Willingness to relate their own creative practice to the role
- Flexibility, and the ability to independently manage diary commitments, and prioritise time appropriately (within an agreed programme)
- Experience of public engagement and events within a range of settings and communities, including creative learning settings, and experience working with media (print, online, TV and / or radio)
- Awareness and understanding of the ambassadorial role with regard to the National Library collections; contributing responses to literary work on the 'Wee Windaes' site as time allows
- A degree of familiarity with digital media
- Disclosure Scotland certification.
How to apply
To apply for this opportunity please submit:
- A current CV
- Two relevant samples of work
- One reference
- One A4-page letter of application outlining how you propose to approach the role of Scots Scriever.
The closing date for applications is Monday 28 May. Applications should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scriever will be selected via a shortlisting and interview process involving representatives of national organisations with a remit in relation to the Scots Language, including Creative Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, Scottish Language Dictionaries.
The selection process and interviews of short listed applicants will take place early June, with the appointment beginning in mid-June 2018.
The following criteria will be used to make the selection:
- Quality and artistic merit of work
- Track record in the development and / or promotion of Scots
- Experience of working collaboratively with a range of different audiences
- Expected impact of the residency on the applicant's creative development
- Vision for the residency.