Young Gaelic writers have an opportunity to develop their craft at a Cove arts centre this autumn – but the application deadline is fast approaching.

Writers aged 18-30 have until noon on Monday, June 26 to apply for Cove Park’s Young Gaelic Writer Residency, where they can benefit from tailored sessions with an accomplished Gaelic writer.

The residency costs the writer nothing as the project is fully funded and chosen applicants will receive a travel allowance of up to £300 and a research allowance of up to £200 on top of a £900 general allowance.

A Cove Park spokesperson said: “Now in its second year, the Young Gaelic Writer Residency is a fully funded residency for Gaelic writers aged between 18 and 30.

“The resident will receive a fee, a travel and research allowance, and one-to-one bespoke mentoring with an established Gaelic writer.”

Those who are interested should send 500 words in Gaelic detailing their interest in the programme, a CV, a list of previous work, and 500 words of creative prose or up to four poems with at least 50 per cent in Gaelic.

Applicants will be assessed on the quality of their ideas and work, their need for an extended period of research and development, their reasons for applying to this programme, and their interest in working within a community of artists.

Applicants will be told if they have been successful in securing an interview by Friday, June 30.

Those who have been selected for the next stage will be offered a Zoom interview on the week of Monday, July 3.

The residency will take place between Monday, September 4 and Sunday, September 17.

The programme is funded through a partnership between Cove Park and Comhairle nan Leabhraichean also known as The Gaelic Books Council.

Cove Park is an international artists residency centre which provides opportunities for artists of all kinds from the UK and across the globe to develop their work.

More information on the residency and application process is available here:

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