News from Cove Park – February 2019

7 February

This month’s Newsletter includes the appointment of Cove Park’s new Chair, Lauren Dyer Amazeen. We are all delighted by this appointment and look forward to working with Lauren at such an exciting time for Cove Park.

The Newsletter also provides updates on current residencies, our ongoing partnership with The Lighthouse, a new exchange with Australia and much, much more! This month’s Featured Artist is Kari Dickson.

Lauren Dyer Amazeen Appointed Chair of Cove Park

7 February


We are delighted to announce that Lauren Dyer Amazeen has been appointed Chair of Cove Park.

Lauren is an arts writer, critic and lecturer.  She recently served as Chair of CCA Glasgow for seven years — and on the Boards of Outset Scotland, David Dale Gallery, Market Gallery and on the Friends Committee of Glasgow School of Art. She was Director of The Kitchen centre for video, music, dance, literature, film and art in New York City during the 1990’s and a founding consultant/curator of the ZKM Interdisciplinary media arts centre in Karlsruhe, Germany. Commenting on her appointment, Lauren has written:

‘I am honoured to serve as Chair of Cove Park here in Scotland, sustaining the vision to provide a natural, creative place for both a local and international community in this beautiful corner of the world.  It is a stewardship I cannot resist.”

Lauren takes over from Dame Seona Reid, Chair during a significant period of development for Cove Park, including the creation of the Jacobs Building, Cove Park’s new Artists Centre in 2016.

Peter and Eileen Jacobs, Cove Park’s Founders and Trustees, stated:

‘We are excited to welcome Lauren and look forward to working with her, all our Trustees and staff on the next phase of Cove Park’s development and our 20th anniversary in 2020.’

Image: Lauren Dyer Amazeen at Cove Park: (top row, left to right: Emma Henderson, Rebecca DeWald, Vanessa Payton; bottom row, left to right: Alexia Holt, Lauren Dyer Amazeen, Maeve Redmond, Julian Forrester).

Partnerships Manager (maternity cover) – Re-advertisement.

7 February


The Partnerships Manager is one of Cove Park’s small, dedicated staff and is involved in all aspects of Cove Park’s work with specific responsibility for the development and management of residency-based partnerships, events and activities which complement the residency programme and provide crucial earned income to support that programme.  Cove Park’s current Partnerships Manager will take maternity leave from May 2019 for 10 months and ahead of that we are seeking someone for this part-time position.

The role is 3 days per week and dependant on experience will pay £18,000 (£30,000 FTE).

Please refer to the full Job Description for more details and how to apply. The deadline for this re-advertisement is 25th February 2019. Interviews will be held on Thursday 28th February 2019.

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Literature Residency in Australia

24 January

In 2019 Cove Park will collaborate with Varuna, the National Writers’ House, Katoomba, Australia, to deliver a new residency exchange programme for writers based in Scotland and in Australia. The programme is supported by The Bridge Awards and will initially run for three years. This opportunity is open to writers [fiction, non-fiction, prose, poetry] who have previously been resident at Cove Park as part of the funded Literature programme. Selection will be based upon the quality of your ideas and work and the relevance of this opportunity to your current practice and research interests.

In 2019 this residency will take place form 29 July – 25 August.

Varuna, the National Writers House is located in Katoomba, which is part of the world heritage Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. Built by the Australian writer Eleanor Dark and her husband Dr Eric Dark in the late 1930s the house is now recognized as a site of cultural significance listed on the NSW heritage register. In 1989 Michael Dark, the son of Eleanor and Dr Eric Dark, gave the house to the Eleanor Dark Foundation so it could be used as a retreat for writers. Applicants must be able to commit to a residency in Australia during the dates specified. We expect applicants to engage with the writing community at Varuna. We are also looking to select a writer who has the ability to present their work as part of Sydney Writers’ Festival Blue Mountains Program.

The deadline for applications is noon on Tuesday 5 February 2019. For further information and details of how to apply, please see the Application Guidelies (link below) or contact

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November 2018 Newsletter

2 November 2018


This month’s Newsletter highlights all our current residencies, the open call for applications to next year’s funded residency programmes, our search for a new Chair of Cove Park and the announcement of the Scotland/Japan Residency Exchange Programme 2019/2020. Our Featured Artist is the Glasgow-based visual artist David Sherry.

October 2018 Newsletter

5 October 2018


Cove Park’s October 2018 Newsletter includes details of all our current residencies, the call for applications to our summer 2019 programme of funded residencies and news of our search for a Chair of Cove Park’s Board of Trustees. We are also pleased to announce our forthcoming Hands-On programme of workshops and events and our Featured Artist this month is theatre and dance dramaturg Ruth Little.

Call for Applications: Summer 2019 Funded Residencies

5 October 2018


We are pleased to announce details of our funded residency programmes for the summer of 2019. Taking place between May to September 2019, Cove Park will offer residencies as part of its Crafts & Design, Literature, Moving Image and Visual Arts programmes. Please visit the Apply/Book pages of our website for further details on each programme and application guidelines. 

Cove Park Seeks to Appoint a New Chair

1 October 2018


Cove Park is currently seeking to appoint a new Chair. For further information, please see the Cove Park Chair Recruitment Information Pack. The deadline for applications is Monday 12 November at 4.00pm.

Early Career Residencies Announced

29 August 2018


Cove Park is pleased to announce details of this year’s Early Career Residency Programme. Following an open call for applications, four residencies have been awarded to artists based in Scotland, Wales and England. The participating artists are: Emily Hasler (writer), Jenn Kirby (composer/performer), Zephyr Liddell (textile designer) and Tom Sewell (visual artist). We look forward to welcoming each artist in September this year.

These funded residencies support UK-based artists in the process of establishing their careers, providing an opportunity for research and the development of new work at this crucial stage. Although not expected to collaborate, the artists have the opportunity to work alongside each other and in the context of Cove Park’s wider programme of residencies and events.

We are grateful to The Fenton Arts Trust for their support.

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June 2018 Newsletter

7 June 2018


Cove Park’s June Newsletter includes information on all our current residents, the Scotland + Venice announcement and the launch of the MacLehose International Writer and Translator residency programme. Our Featured Artist this month is visual artist Lauren Gault.

Scotland + Venice

31 May 2018

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We are delighted that visual artist Charlotte Prodger, a Cove Park resident in 2010 and 2018, will represent Scotland at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. This project will be commissioned and curated by Linsey Young with Cove Park and the presentation will be a major solo exhibition opening in Venice on 11 May 2019 and running until 24 November 2019.

Cove Park will host the return presentation of Charlotte’s commissioned work in 2020, our 20th anniversary year, and co-curate with Linsey Young a tour in the Highlands and Islands. The Dutch arts organisation If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Revolution, who are supporting the production of the work, will lead on a subsequent international tour.

Charlotte Prodger works with moving image, sculpture, writing and performance. The commission for Scotland + Venice will provide her with the opportunity to produce a new single channel video work that will build on her sustained exploration of “queer wilderness”. Prodger, who was a recipient of Cove Park’s Emerging Artist Residency in 2010, supported by The Craignish Trust, will return to develop this new work over a series of research and production residencies in 2018 and 2019. Her work will also be supported by the artist’s production consultant Mason Leaver-Yap.

The Venice Biennale is recognised as the foremost global presentation of visual art. This will be the ninth presentation supported by the Scotland + Venice partnership (Creative Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland and the British Council Scotland).

Further information is available via Creative Scotland.

Image: Charlotte Prodger, ‘Stoneymollan Trail’, 2015. Single channel video. Installation View: Bergen Kunsthall, 2017.
Image courtesy of the artist, Koppe Astner, Glasgow and Hollybush Gardens, London Photo by Thor Brødreskift.

May 2018 Newsletter

9 May 2018


Our May Newsletter has information on the first artists to arrive as part of our summer programme of funded residencies, plus much more!

April 2018 Newsletter & Summer Programme Announcement

12 April 2018


Our April 2018 Newsletter includes information on all our current residencies, a call for applications to The Work Room residency programme and a profile of designer Poppy Nash. This month’s featured artist is writer Caroline Brothers. We are also pleased to announce details of our forthcoming summer 2018 programme and those residencies awarded through our annual Crafts, Experimental Film & Artists’Moving Image, Literature and Visual Arts programmes.

Cove Park’s December Newsletter

13 December 2017


Our December Newsletter reflects on this year’s programme and our Featured Artist is fillmaker and 2017 resident Robin Haig.

Cove Park’s New Artists Centre Wins Awards!

14 November 2017


Cove Park’s new Artists Centre, designed by CameronWebster Architects, has won two GIA Awards this year! The first is in the Leisure/Arts category and the awarding panel noted:

‘The building takes full advantage of the quality of views and the light, creating a series of special places within two simple linked buildings, and forming a landscaped courtyard as the point of arrival.The key intent was to use the architecture to capture the context and allow visiting artists the flexibility to develop their work. An important space within the centre is the kitchen and dining area, which allows an informality to enable visitors to meet and discuss ideas over a communal dining experience.The palette of materials are simple and deliberately unfussy, to allow the landscape to be the eye-catching spectacle.’

The second award was made in the GIA’s Wood for Category.

We are delighted CWA have received these awards and equally thrilled with Cove Park’s Artists Centre!


Cove Park’s November Newsletter

13 November 2017

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Cove Park’s November Newsletter includes information on all our current residencies and projects, including our first Printmaking Residency and a National Galleries of Scotland residency. Read more about the month’s activity here.


Call for Applications – Summer Residencies 2018

4 October 2017


Cove Park is pleased to announce an open call for applications to its Crafts, Literature and Visual Arts programmes in 2018. These residencies are funded and will take place between May and September next year. For further information, details on how to apply and application deadlines, please see the Application Guidelines for each programme.

Cove Park’s September Newsletter

12 September 2017

Our September Newsletter has information on all our current programme, events and forthcoming opportunities. August’s Featured Artist is the London-based artist, designer and current resident Linda Florence.

Self-funded Residencies, December 2017 – February 2018

3 August 2017

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Last winter we ran a pilot, offering subsidised residencies during the months of December, January and February. Following the success of 2016 we are again offering residencies for individuals or groups of up to 12, at a special subsidised rate. We invite artists to apply for residencies for 3, 4 or 7 nights, or multiples thereof. For more information please visit the self-funded residencies section of the website.

National Art & Design Saturday Club trip to London for the Summer Show 2017

6 July 2017

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Original ceramic tiles, supporting collage work and posters created by our National Art & Design Saturday Club Members was exhibited at the National Saturday Club‘s Summer Show at Somerset House, London 12-18 June 2017.

Cove Park’s National Art & Design Saturday Club (NADSC) offers young people from Argyll & Bute the unique opportunity to explore, expand and enhance their creative skills at free regular Saturday sessions. Inspiration for the sessions and their content are drawn from our setting and the creative work and practice developed by professional artists currently and formerly resident at Cove Park.

The Summer Show is the pinnacle of the NADSC year, taking seriously the creative work of the 1,000+ Members of the 53 Clubs in the UK network coordinated by the National Saturday Club. Work by Members of Cove Park’s NADSC, the first Club in Scotland, was exhibited alongside their contemporaries in the prestigious central London venue, offering them an invaluable opportunity to reflect on their achievements and commitment to furthering their creativity.

On Saturday 17 June, nine of our Club Members attended an exclusive private view to see their exhibition and be presented with certificates of achievement and Yearbooks.

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It was truly a tremendous finale to a wonderfully creative year led by Tutor and professional artist Alex McEwan. Our Club Members, their parents, siblings and grandparents, plus our Founders Peter and Eileen Jacobs shared a huge amount of joy and pride on the day. Our Members took the opportunity to exhibit more of their own creative work by wearing the T-shirts they created for the awards ceremony, which were swiftly replaced with the National Saturday Club hoodies and t-shirts, which were worn with pride for the rest of the weekend!

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As we had gone all that way, we took in some of the sights, St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, Palace of Westminster, the Tower of London, plus many more from a Thames boat trip. This was a particular highlight for three Club Members who had never been to London before.

We even fitted in a visit to Tate Modern, seeing new work by Ai Wei Wei, pieces in the Louise Bourgeois ​Artist Rooms gallery and discovered the work of former resident Abraham Cruzvillegas in the digital Timeline of Modern Art.

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The National Saturday Club’s short film of the Summer Show 2017 can be viewed here. Our Club Members’ response, created on their return train journey, to the London trip was:

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Since November 2016, our ten Club Members, aged 11 –14 from the Rosneath Peninsula and Helensburgh area, have experimented with new media including sound and experimented with techniques, scale and concepts previously unfamiliar to them. The regular NADSC sessions, complementing Members’ schoolwork, nurture their artistic and design development and talent, providing them with the space and time to enjoy what inspires and engages them. Members have demonstrated considerable development in their creative confidence, technical ability and conceptual thinking at a critical time when they are considering future study options.

‘This Club gives me a great focus to have and I look forward to it every week. I count down the days! This Club lets me express my artwork.’
Cove Park NADSC Member

‘Our daughter has an increased confidence in her own creativity which has had a knock-on effect in other aspects of her life, e.g. more confident in putting forward her own ideas.’
Cove Park NADSC Member’s parent

NADSC is part of Hands-On Cove Park, a programme of educational and participatory creative events and activities that increases opportunities for people in the region to access and participate in the arts by providing the space, time and freedom for them to learn and develop in and through the arts and creativity. The Club Members’ trip to London was possible due to the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The Robertson Trust, funders of Hands-On, plus generous support from The The Bridge Awards, The Bute Family Charitable Trust and the Babcock Community Investment Group.


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Researcher in Residence

8 December 2016


In 2017, Cove Park will be working with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) to host a PhD student in March 2017, as part of our multi-disciplinary, year-round programme.

This one-week residency is open to doctoral researchers working in any area of the arts and humanities, including the creative arts and arts policy, and offers the chance to spend a week at Cove Park, giving focused time and space to develop an aspect of research. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage with residents from Cove Park’s partnership residency programme, including international artists working in the fields of animation, sound and visual art.

Applications are open to PhD students in arts and humanities at a SGSAH member HEI, in their 2nd or 3rd years. The residency will run 20th – 26th March 2017.

Please see the guidelines on the SHSAH website here. The deadline has been extended to Monday 6th February 2017.


Older Artists’ Lab

22 February 2019 - 28 February 2019



Open to Scotland-based artists in all artforms who are aged over 50, and led by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath from Magnetic North.

This lab is a partnership between Cove Park, Magnetic North, Luminate – Scotland’s creative ageing festival, and a-n The Artists Information Company.  It offers an opportunity for six older artists working in any art form to take part in a facilitated process, exploring how creativity can be nourished and how artists can challenge themselves to develop.  There will also be time for individual reflection and work.

The aims of the lab are to:

  • Create a supportive atmosphere for discussion
  • Stimulate dialogue about creative processes
  • Give space and time for artists to reflect on their own creative practice
  • Make time for individual reflection


The lab is open to artists who have recently embarked on a new artistic career including those who have trained at a young age and have returned to their practice later in life, those who have worked in the arts in different capacities and are now changing direction, and those who have come new to their artform in their later years.  We are keen to receive applications from artists who are about to embark on their new career, as well as those who have already begun to work professionally. Please see Luminate’s website for details of how to apply. This is a funded opportunity.

Deadline for applications: midday on Wednesday 4th January 2017.


Hands-On happenings

22 November 2016


This Autumn, our Hands-On programme of creative workshops, events and talks for people in Argyll and Bute led by artists currently and formerly resident at Cove Park has taken on a pace.

Get a flavour of what has happened in our ‘Developing Your Design Process’ and ‘November Blueprints’ Masterclasses and the ‘Prints of Play!’ Holiday Art Club on the Hands-On webpage. Plus, find out about the beginnings or our Saturday Art Club (ages 5-11) and National Art & Design Saturday Club (ages 12-18) sessions. The latter recently had their self-portraits exhibited at Central St Martins, London and went on a creative excursion to Edinburgh to visit the Dovecot Studios (See image), the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Details of the spring 2017 programme will be announced shortly. To be the first to hear about it choose ‘Subscribe’ from the above menu, selecting the ‘Hands-On Cove Park’ option from the dropdown.


Cove Park Translation Centre

28 July 2016






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COVE PARK is delighted to announce its new TranslationProgramme, in partnership with Publishing Scotland, which this year brings two translators each for a four-week residency at Cove Park. The programme is designed to develop their practice and also boost the profile of literary translation.

Anne Brauner, of Cologne, and Clara Pezzuto, from Milan, will each take up a residency in September. Both translators are working on books by Scotland based authors, and their residency at Cove Park will enable them to get a feel for the setting of the books, as well as meet the author and network with publishing professionals in Scotland.

In 2017, the Translation Programme will expand to include partnerships with Writers Centre Norwich and University of Glasgow, in addition to a continuing relationship with Publishing Scotland, creating a truly UK-wide and outward looking programme. Highlights include residential mentoring for translators and poet-poet translation, as well as a sizeable increase in the number of translation residencies available.

The Translation Programme has been generously funded bythe UK National Lottery through Creative Scotland Open Project Funding for two years, with the aim of developing translation into a permanent strand of Cove Park’s interdisciplinary artistic programme. Currently Cove Park is Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and aims with this new programme to become Scotland’s Translation Centre as well.

Publishing Scotland is the network body for the publishing industry in Scotland and administers the Publishing Scotland Translation Fund on behalf of Creative Scotland.


For further information please contact: Polly Clark, Cove Park Literature Programme


Birkbeck / Sophie Warne Fellowship

21 March 2016

The Birkbeck / Sophie Warne Fellowship for an emerging writer supports an outstanding graduate of the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA at a critical juncture in their writing life. We offer the writer time and space to pursue a project or new ways of working free from the pressure of specified outcomes, within the context of a professional residency. The residency also offers opportunity make contacts among established artists across all disciplines and others in the arts. The residency is a partnership between Cove Park, Birkbeck and the family of Sophie Warne.

Cove Park, haa design & Arts & Business Scotland

21 March 2016


Cove Park, the UK’s only dedicated residency centre for artists of all disciplines, is excited to announce it has successfully secured sponsorship and funding for the internal fit-out and some furnishing within its brand new £1.4m Artist Centre, by Cameron Webster Architects, currently under construction. Arts & Business Scotland have awarded a New Arts Sponsorship Grant for key pieces of furniture, match-funding the in-kind sponsorship Cove Park is receiving from award-wining Glasgow-based interior architects haa design.

haa design is working closely with Cove Park and Cameron Webster Architects to plan the fit out of its new main kitchen and advise on furnishing the new communal spaces, accommodation and studios.  The new building will open in summer 2016 and will comprise multi-purpose rooms allowing up to 60 people to take part in activity related to Cove Park’s residency programmes. A large communal kitchen and dining area, meeting room, office spaces, an archive and library as well as 2 new studios and 2 new accommodation units (one of which will be fully accessible), will take Cove Park’s residential capacity to 12. The new Artist Centre overlooks Loch Long and the Firth of the Clyde, on Cove Park’s outstanding 50-acre site on the Rosneath Peninsula.

“To have a hand in this building is a fantastic opportunity,” said Hugh Anderson, Director of haa design. “The culture of Cove Park is unique and the atmosphere that requires to be reflected within the Artists’ Centre will echo the open and collaborative way in which residents come together. As we see it, the style which has been set by the building itself, of openness and simplicity, requires to be enhanced at the same time as making the communal spaces comfortable and welcoming.”

From this summer, Cove Park will, for the first time, be able to operate throughout the year, fostering creative exchange between artists, its local community, staff, board and visitors. It will provide larger and fit for purpose facilities enabling Cove Park to deliver an expanded artistic programme of free on-site community and education activities called ‘Hands-On Cove Park’.

Chair of Cove Park’s Board, Dame Seona Reid said, “The in-kind support from haa design and match-funding from Arts and Business Scotland is a welcome boost for our plans to create a very special Artist Centre at Cove Park. It will ensure that high quality equipment and furniture matches the elegant architecture of our new Centre and provides ever more of a draw to those who seek space, time and the stimulation of good company in a beautiful setting.”

The New Arts Sponsorship Grant scheme encourages private sector sponsorship of cultural activity in Scotland. Funded by the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland and administered by Arts & Business Scotland it offers £1 for £1 match funding to cultural organisations, which have secured sponsorship from an eligible business.

Arts & Business Scotland Chief Executive David Watt said: “Cove Park’s brand new Artist Centre is a fantastic facility which will bring huge benefits to artists, the community and the wider public. We’re delighted to be able to support its development through the New Arts Sponsorship Grants programme and look forward to seeing the project come to fruition.”

Image courtesy of CameronWebster Architects.

Summer Launch Announced for Hands-On Cove Park

10 February 2016


Cove Park will launch a new educational, participatory and public event programme this summer. ‘Hands-On Cove Park’ is made possible by support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Robertson Trust and will benefit from the new Artist Centre, accommodation and studios currently being developed on site. ‘Hands-On’ will launch in July and will see existing educational activity, such as our Artists in Schools programme, delivered alongside new strands such as residential Portfolio Preparation Classes, Masterclasses and Saturday and Holiday Art Clubs. Further details on the programme will be announced this spring and a Media Release is available here: Hands-On Cove Park Media Release

Argyll Youth Arts

26 November 2015

Argyll Youth Arts increases opportunities for young people in Argyll & Bute to experience creative arts activity. It is one of nine regional arts hubs developed as part of Creative Scotland‘s Time to Shine initiative, empowering young people through the arts and arts projects initiated and inspired by young people, supported by and working with arts professionals from their community and beyond.

Argyll Youth Arts positions young people directly in control of originating the programme in their region, supporting them to develop the skills and creative vision to realise events within their community and connect to an Argyll-wide network of youth arts activities. At the core of the programme and network are the Young Promoters and Youth Arts TV Channel Managers who will curate their own youth arts activities, as well as create a dynamic online presence for the region’s young creatives to connect, share and grow together.

Cove Park with other professional arts organisations including Dunnon Burgh Hall, Comar, Artmap Argyll, Artsqwest and The Tower form a Steering Group supporting the Young Promoters and Youth Arts TV Channel Managers as well as delivering a range of other activities.

The Argyll Youth Arts logo is the winning design of Grace Carroll, a student at Locgilphead High School, who was mentored by designer Maeve Redmond, a resident at Cove Park in 2014.

Cove Park Development Blog charts construction of our New Artist Centre

21 September 2015


The construction of Cove Park’s new Artist Centre has begun and will complete in early summer 2016.

We will post images, stories and insights on the Cove Park Development blog over the coming months so you can keep up to date with progress.

The £1.4 million capital project is funded by Creative Scotland and a number of trusts and individuals, including major awards from the Robertson and the Monument Trusts. The new Centre has been designed by Cameron Webster Architects and is being built by Clark Contracts for Cove Park’s expanding programme of artist residencies and free public events, with spaces for workshops and performances and comfortable communal space for visitors.

The build includes two accommodation units and two studios, which will increase Cove Park’s capacity to twelve and allow a greater diversity of residencies for individuals and groups.

For further information please contact Julian Forrester directly:
01436 455063

New Writers Award winners at Cove Park

20 April 2015


We are delighted to welcome the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Award winners to Cove Park this week. These prestigious awards offered each year include a bursary and a week at Cove Park in an association between our two organisations which encourages the best new writing from Scotland. With us this week are: Stephen Keeler; Michael Richardson; Claire Squires; Aiko Greig; Julie Martis and DP Colgan and you can find out more about them on the SBT website: