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Dates: March 2023
Level: Emerging

Deadline for Submissions: Tuesday 6th December 11.59pm

This three-week residency in Edinburgh, specifically aimed at emerging writers with some interest in and experience working with young people, is a unique opportunity to live and write in a city renowned for its rich heritage of storytelling and literature. Boasting the world’s largest literature festival and home to a myriad of bookshops, as well as the highest concentration of public libraries in Scotland, Edinburgh is a city which celebrates the power of the written word quite unlike any other.

The selected poet will be given a number of professional development opportunities with the Scottish Poetry Library, including the opportunity to facilitate writing workshops for young people at Royal Mile Primary School – Welcome to our website, one of the most diverse inner city primary schools in Edinburgh. The poet in residence will be invited to participate in a showcase event at the Scottish Poetry Library at the culmination of the visit to Edinburgh. This residency is particularly aimed at emerging writers interested in upskilling their work with young people and primary schools. There will also be an opportunity to visit and network at Stanza Poetry Festival.

The writer will be given a space to write at the Scottish Poetry Library, and will have their travel and accommodation costs covered. A bursary of €2,000 will be awarded to the successful recipient.

About Scottish Poetry Library

Bringing people and poems together is at the heart of everything we do – our mission. With this in mind, we’ll strive for our visitors, borrowers and service users to experience the SPL as a welcoming and compassionate organisation, aiming to transform people’s lives through exciting experiences and creative engagement with poetry – the ‘spark o’ Nature’s fire’ as Robert Burns wrote.

As a membership organisation, we encourage younger people and students to join and connect with us and with poetry for the rest of their lives. We also seek to reach out to communities that are traditionally underrepresented in our audiences, often the result of real and perceived barriers connected to limitations of low income, physical ability, low literacy and sense of belonging.

John Burnside wrote that ‘the more imaginative we are, the more compassionate we become’. By supporting the poetry community, creative learning programmes in schools and community settings, and offering increased access to poetry in live literature events and high-quality online resources, we support imagination. And in supporting imagination, we aim to demonstrate the compassion in poetry and affirm that, as writer and former SPL Board member Jenni Fagan puts it, ‘Poetry belongs in every community’.

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