Cove Park’s Literature Residency supports an established writer based in Scotland or the UK at a key stage in their work. We offer the writer time and space to pursue a project or new ways of working free from the pressure of specified outcomes, in a changing community of artists across a range of art-forms, career stages and nationalities. Recent Literature Residents include Ellen Aaku, Helen Cross, Gerry Cambridge, Jennie Erdal, John Glenday, Russell Celyn Jones, Jess Richards, Jo Shapcott, Zoe Strachan, Louise Welsh, Nicola White.
Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 and spent much of her childhood in Los Angeles before finishing her education at St Mary’s Convent, Cambridge. She read English at New College, Oxford, and has travelled extensively in Spain and Central America. She is the author of six novels. The first, Saving Agnes (1993), won the Whitbread First Novel Award. A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001) is a personal exploration of motherhood. In The Lucky Ones (2003) she uses a series of five narratives, loosely linked by the experience of parenthood, to write of life’s transformations, of what separates us from those we love and what binds us to those we no longer understand.
In 2003, Rachel Cusk was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelists’. Her latest novel is Outline (Faber, 2015) which is shortlisted for the International Folio Prize.