Empire Cafe at Cove Park

27 July 2015 - 09 August 2015 / The Briggait

This July Cove Park will be partnering with Louise Welsh and Jude Barber’s Empire Café project, hosting the poets Fred D’Aguiar, Millicent Graham, Dorothea Smart, Sasenarine Persaud and Malika Booker.

Current resident Fred D’Aguiar and the Empire Cafe will be presenting work as part of our Friday Events in August.

The Empire Café is a week-long event exploring Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade in the context of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Empire Café will be based in the Briggait (home of the Merchant’s Steeple) in Glasgow’s Merchant City from 24th July – 1st August. It will host a series of debates, musical performances, art installations, academic papers, literary readings, films, workshops, exhibitions and discussions exploring Scotland’s involvement in the North Atlantic slave trade.

Kate Tough’s new novel ‘Head for the edge, keep walking’ out now

16 July 2014


Recent Scottish Literature resident Kate Tough released her first novel in May, attracting rave reviews. Kate worked on the novel whilst on Cove Park’s Fielding Programme and we are proud to have been part of her success.

Released through Cargo publishing, Kate presents the character Jill Beech, whose nine year relationship has ended, covering her sadness with madness, she goes dancing with her off-beat friends and attempts a series of hilariously bad internet dates. Then life is flipped on its head once more by some shocking news.

Kate’s novel is available to purchase through Cargo’s website.

The Scottish Book Trust at Cove Park

20 February 2014


The Scottish Book Trust are at Cove Park this February, bringing the five writers Martin MacInnes, Malachy Tallack, Ann Mackinnon, Juliette Forrest and Jonathan Durie as part of their New Writers Awards 2014. Each writer will be given time to work as part of their award with the trust.

Christos Tsiolkas

14 January 2014

Currently on a UK book tour promoting his new novel ‘Barracuda’, former Literature resident Christos Tsiolkas will be in conversation with Lee Randall at Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh, on Sunday 19 January at 6pm. Tsiolkas began work on the book whilst on a 3 month International Literature residency at Cove Park back in 2010. Barracuda’s protagonist is swimmer Daniel Kelly and the novel deals with themes of dreams, disillusionment, friendships and family.

Information about reserving a place can be found at


News from Cove Park

12 November 2013

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As anyone who has been to Cove Park will know, we have fabulous places to live and work but a small and rather battered central building, which limits the potential for creative exchange which is at the heart of all that we do.

Cove Park’s Artists (the 1,300 creative people who have been residents here since 2000) have told us, variously, of the need for two more bedrooms and two new studios (one sound-proofed) and separate areas for entertaining and working, as well as a proper library, IT and archive spaces. A brand new building, planned for where the old one was, will have them all.

Architects Cameron Webster have, in other words, designed proper facilities for artists and public areas from which we can promote wider appreciation in the process of making new work. Creative Scotland has £620,000 of the costs and we need to find the rest: £700,000.

We will begin construction in 2014 and we are now approaching trusts, foundations and individuals to help. If you believe that the ability of artists to make new work is important to our cultural life, and are in a position to help, please get in touch and/or contribute via a crowd-funding campaign underway in a few weeks.

Julian Forrester (Director)

Chika Unigwe nominated for IMPAC Dublin Award

12 November 2013

Congratulations to Chika Unigwe, our International Writer in 2013 whose novel NIGHT DANCER has been nominated for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Award! The longlist for this prestigious award also includes Richard Ford for CANADA and Hilary Mantel for BRINGING UP THE BODIES. The Award is one of the richest in the world with a first prize of €100,000. Fingers crossed Chika, we are so proud!

Chiew-Siah Tei’s new novel published

12 November 2013

The Mouse Deer Kingdom is the book Chiew-Siah Tei worked on during her 2012 residency at Cove Park. It is a tale of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of a troubled time when hundreds of thousands of Chinese fled poverty and the Qing Empire for Southeast Asia. This is Chiew’s second novel; her first, the acclaimed Little Hut of Leaping Fishes, was listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize and Best Scottish Fiction Prize, and won the Readers’ Choice Award (Malaysia).

Cove Park artists in British Ceramics Biennial

24 September 2013


The 3rd British Ceramics Biennial is about to take place in Stoke on Trent and will run from 28th September to 10th November. Cove Park is delighted to see that the festival will feature a number of previous craft residents. Andrea Walsh, Katy West, Nao Matsunaga and James Rigler all have worked selected for the Awards exhibition sited at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. The show features 22 artists all working in ceramics, 1 of which will be awarded £10,000. Josh Bitelli who was on residency at Cove Park in 2013 has worked featured in Fresh, an exhibition of selected recent graduates from UK art schools. Aswell as exhibitions the biennial is host to numerous events, talks and workshops in venues all across the city. For more information see

Seona Reid appointed as new Chair of Cove Park’s Board.

18 September 2013

We are very pleased to announce that SEONA REID CBE has been appointed the new Chair of Cove Park’s Board. She takes over from Peter Jacobs who, with his wife Eileen, founded Cove Park in 2000 and has been its Chairman ever since.

Peter said: “In thirteen short years Cove Park has grown from a dream that Eileen and I had of a special place where artists could be free to create as they wish, into a centre unique in the UK and a vital part of the Scottish cultural scene. We are absolutely delighted that Seona will be taking us into a new era, one of capital expansion and growth in our artistic programmes. Seona has been a trustee for ten years and there could not be a better time for us to benefit from her experience, knowledge and energy. We look forward greatly to working with her at this transforming time for Cove Park.”

Seona Reid has had a highly distinguished career, most recently as Director of the Glasgow School of Art. She is a previous Director of the Scottish Arts Council and has extensive management and governance experience across all the artforms. Seona is also Chair of National Theatre of Scotland, a Trustee of Tate and Deputy Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Seona said “Cove Park is an amazing place and it has been a real pleasure for me, over the past decade of my involvement, to watch the way it has encouraged such a range of creative people here and abroad. I look forward to continuing to pursue the dream of its founders Peter and Eileen. Their generosity and vision have greatly influenced the cultural landscape of Scotland. We owe them a great debt and I am delighted that they will both remain on the Board. I also look forward to working with Cove Park’s team of specialist staff, whose experience and commitment are key to what makes Cove Park the special place it is.”

Locale – Dawn Youll

13 September 2013

‘Locale’ a new solo exhibition by Dawn Youll opens at Marsden Woo Gallery, London on 14th September and runs until 2nd November with a preview evening on Wednesday 18th. In this new body of work Youll continues to explore a personal landscape, taking aspects of the home, the street and the studio environment, analysing and distilling the essence of ordinary objects and creating vibrant ceramic compositions.