Four lucky writers will get the chance to follow in the footsteps of Edinburgh’s Robert Louis Stevenson with a month-long residence in France. Scottish Book Trust announced the recipients of this year’s Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship as Lynsey May, Alan McKendrick (35), Michael Pedersen and Malachy Tallack.
The Fellowship is intended to give writers a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives to devote time to their writing, it provides residencies for four writers at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing. Travel and accommodation are paid for, and there is a grant of £300 per week to cover living expenses. Grez-sur-Loing is situated at the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau, and was chosen because of its connections with Robert Louis Stevenson who first visited in 1875 and where he met his future wife, Fanny Osbourne.
Lynsey May, who’ll be working on her novel set in Leith when she visits in June, has long been a friend to the Trust corralling events for the website. Fans of Neu! Reekie! – one of the leading lights of Edinburgh’s vibrant spoken word scene – will instantly recognise one of its co-founders Michael Pedersen, a poet published by Edinburgh’s Polygon, who will be at Grez in November. Malachy Tallack, also published by Polygon, will be working on a novel set in his native Shetland during his residency in November, and Glasgow-based writer, director and translator Alan McKendrick will be working on a new, original stage play during his time in France.