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Scottish Arts Council bursaries enable writers to write


Eleven writers living and working in Scotland have been awarded Scottish Arts Council bursaries totalling £67,000.

The bursaries are awarded twice a year to both established and emerging writers. They can provide the financial independence necessary to enable writers to start or complete their work. The Scottish Arts Council's most prominent bursary was awarded to J.K. Rowling in 1997 to enable her to complete 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'.

Scottish Arts Council Literature Director, Jenny Brown said: ""This is a small budget programme that can make a real difference to writers who are struggling financially. It can give them the financial freedom they need, often for a relatively short period of time, to do what they want to do most in the world and that is to write. We have seen with the example of J K Rowling, that a relatively small amount of money, in Joanna Rowling's case £8,000, can make the difference between being unable to finish a work because of lack of funding and submitting a completed manuscript to a publisher.

"We are witnessing an extraordinary period in Scottish literature, and the bursaries announced today are going both to established writers producing outstanding work, and to distinctive new writers emerging from all over Scotland."

A total of £67,000 was awarded to the eleven writers, eight of whom had not previously received funding from the Scottish Arts Council. Thirty-nine applications were considered.

The following writers have been awarded bursaries:

Alex Benzie, £5,000
Novelist, lives in Glasgow.

Hugh Collins, £4,000
Novelist, lives in Edinburgh.

Linda Cracknell, £6,000
Fiction writer, lives in Aberfeldy.

Meaghan Delahunt, £6,000
Novelist, lives in Edinburgh.

Margaret Elphinstone, £6,000
Novelist, lives in Glasgow.

John Glenday, £6,000
Poet, lives in Angus.

Jamie Jauncey, £4,000
Novelist, lives in Perthshire.

Donny O'Rourke, £10,000
Poet, lives in Glasgow.

James Robertson, £10,000
Poet and fiction writer, lives in Fife.

Martin Shannon, £4,000
Novelist, lives in Aberdeen.

Louise Ginette Welsh, £6,000
Fiction writer, lives in Glasgow.

Bursary applications will next be considered in February 2001, with a deadline for applications of 15 December 2000.

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