The Sea Change Festival

28 May 2012

Cove Park is delighted to announce that one of this summer’s residents, Jo Royle, will be taking part in the first Peninsula West Community Development Trust’s Festival of the Arts. The Festival, which takes place here on the Rosneath peninsula on Saturday 9 June, is launched at Cove Park on Friday 8 June with a special event led by Jo Royle. Jo is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading female ocean yacht skippers: she will be talking about her experiences building and sailing Plastiki, a vessel made from 12000 plastic bottles which she skippered across the Pacific. Further information on the event and festival is available on facebook. Jo is at Cove Park as a Creative Catalyst resident from 8 – 18 June 2012.



Ellen Banda-Aaku – Commonwealth Book Prize

14 May 2012


Award winning Zambian author, Ellen Banda-Aaku, has made the 18-person shortlist for the 2012 Commonwealth Writers Book Prize, with her novel, Patchwork. Banda-Aaku is currently on residency at Cove Park.

Awarded for best first book, the Commonwealth Book Prize is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published between 1 January and 31 December. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000. Chair of the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2011, Margaret Busby said “The significance of a prize such as this becomes greater with each year. It is vital to encourage and celebrate the talent of newly emerging novelists whose words have the potential to inspire and enrich the entire literary world. Searching out and promoting the best first books of fiction internationally is a serious task, a great honour and a wonderful challenge.”

Ellen has already won the Macmillian Writers Prize, The inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her work. She comes to Cove Park as part of our Writers of the African Commonwealth series in partnership with Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures.


Luke Fowler – ‘All Divided Selves’

8 May 2012

We are delighted that Luke Fowler has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize. This nomination was for his recent exhibition at Edinburgh’s Inverleith House and his outstanding film ‘All Divided Selves’. This work focuses on the Glasgow-born psychiatrist R.D Laing and includes archival representations of Laing and his colleagues. The film was developed during Luke’s three-month visual arts residency at Cove Park in 2009.