Submissions open to Scottish and West African Writers for Cross-Cultural Residency Programme, Right here and Now

Scottish and West African writers are being invited to collaborate in an thrilling new cross-cultural residency programme that spans each Ghana, Lagos, and the Scottish Highlands. 

Generously supported by The British Council, Right here and Now 2023 is a collaborative residency and manufacturing programme delivered by Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Inventive Writing Centre, and LIPFest, the Lagos Worldwide Poetry Competition. 

Six mid-career/established writers from Scotland and West Africa will spend one month at Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre, located within the hills above Loch Ness, and one month at LOATAD, the Library of Africa and the African Diaspora, within the coronary heart of Accra.

Picture equipped with launch by Moniack Mhor

In addition to receiving the house and assets to create new work, contributors will join with native communities and construct new audiences in each nations by means of a programme of workshops and occasions, together with the Edinburgh Worldwide E-book Competition.

The six writers can even work collectively on-line between the residencies, creating a digital pamphlet of labor across the theme of Right here and Now. This cross-genre work shall be launched at a efficiency occasion at LIPFest in October 2023.

Efe Paul-Azino, Director of the Lagos Worldwide Poetry Competition, mentioned: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Moniack Mhor and the Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) to ship this two-month, two-city residency. In a time fraught with anxieties, creating areas that permits writers and artists mirror, create, and join has by no means been extra essential. As a pageant we’re obsessed with collaborations that increase house for the lifetime of the thoughts and enrich skilled apply and we’re excited concerning the prospects the Right here and Now residency programme presents for deepening inventive consciousness and exploring convergences between Scottish and West African tradition.’

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Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Inventive Writing Centre. (Picture equipped with launch by Moniack Mhor)

Rachel Humphries, Centre Director at Moniack Mhor, mentioned: ‘We’re over the moon to be working with LIPFest once more, constructing on the success of this 12 months’s great Join and Collaborate worldwide residency.  The shared time and house we are able to supply builds relationships and inventive connections that enrich all of the communities concerned. We’re excited to see what the Right here and Now residency will carry.’

Submissions are open till 5pm (GMT+1) Friday 12 August 2022. Judging will happen all through September and the profitable writers shall be introduced by finish of October 2022. 

For extra info on the residency, together with particulars of easy methods to apply, go to www.moniackmhor.org.uk/here-and-now