Playwrights’ Studio Scotland’s New Playwrights Awards provide an important professional development opportunity for five early career playwrights living in Scotland who have a genuine commitment to writing for the theatre. Awarded playwrights come to Cove Park for a week’s research and writing residency.

Catriona Lexy Campbell is from the Isle of Lewis but spent much of her life in Plockton, Lochalsh. She has worked as a theatre artist, actor and writer for many years, primarily in her native Gaelic. She was the first Gaelic Associate Artist with the National Theatre of Scotland in 2011 and her first radio play for the BBC, based on her novel Samhraidhean Diomhair, was broadcast in December 2012.

She was the Writer in Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in 2013. She is Creative Learning Manager with Theatre Gu Leòr and her first play, Doras Dùinte, was produced by Theatre Gu Leòr and toured Scotland in 2014. She is has recently completed her trilogy for young adults, An t-Ionnsachadh Bòidheach (Acair), due to be published next year. Her most recent play was a stage adaptation of her father, Tormod Caimbeul’s novel, Shrapnel, and toured Scotland in March 2016. Television writing credits include Comadaidh ÒirNa Daoine Beaga and BannanNa Saboteurs was her first short film and directorial debut, produced by The Woven Thread and supported by MG ALBA and the European Broadcast Commission. She currently resides in Glasgow.