Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer supports a new writer who shows exceptional promise at a critical juncture in their writing life. We offer the writer time and space to pursue a project or new ways of working free from the pressure of specified outcomes, within the context of a professional residency. The residency also offers opportunity make contacts among established artists across all disciplines and others in the arts.

Martin MacInnes was born in Inverness and lives in Edinburgh.  He writes fiction and non-fiction in various forms, and is particularly interested in identity and the non-human world.  He has read from his work at events including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Malawi’s Lake of Stars festival and the 2014 Home Straits commission, and he will be appearing at Edinburgh’s International Science Festival in 2015.  He has written for many journals including 3:AM Magazine and New Writing Scotland, and Edinburgh Review publish a series of his articles on biography and ecology.  Close to completing his first novel and a collection of stories, Martin is a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Awardee and the current winner of the £10,000 Manchester Fiction Prize.