Cove Park Development Blog charts construction of our New Artist Centre

21 September


The construction of Cove Park’s new Artist Centre has begun and will complete in April 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 architects CameronWebster and is being built by Clark Contracts for Cove Park’s expanding programme of artist residencies and 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


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:

Rachel Cusk on Baileys Prize shortlist

14 April


The new novel from from acclaimed novelist and memorist Rachel Cusk is on the prestigious Baileys Prize shortlist. It was also shortlisted for the Folio Prize. Rachel is one of our Literature Residents this year at Cove Park, and the manuscript of OUTLINE was completed on a previous residency in 2012.


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

Building Image

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).