In association with Hospitalfield-the Arts Organisation and Residency Centre in Arbroath-, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library we are inviting poets to apply for a funded residency based at the New Scriptorium in the grounds of historic Arbroath Abbey.
There are two residency opportunities available:
– one ‘local’ 5-day writing residency
– one ‘distant’ 2 week writing residency with accommodation at Hospitalfield
Local and distant are in relation to your home, your place of residency, where you bide.
The New Scriptorium is devised as a place for writing and a place for conversation – a place of activity and to celebrate the power of literacy and learning. It imagines the Abbey when it was a busy working environment with a library or scriptorium at its heart.
As with all the residencies, a ‘Gift’ for Arbroath is the outcome, how that manifests itself is up to the participant. Historically it has been a number of poems by John Glenday and hand pulped paper made using conversations in Arbroath by poet Sean Wai Keung.
The theme for the residencies is ‘Power and Word’, highlighting the historical importance of the Abbey – scribes writing very important letters, the most obvious one being the Declaration. Who had the power then, who has the power now? Powerful words can achieve a lot, what will you discover?
The deadline for applications is March the 4th, 2024.