The Jessie Kesson Fellowship

jessie-kesson-fellowshipThis annual award was established in 2009 by Moniack Mhor to honour Jessie Kesson’s inspirational life and work. As 2016 will be the centenary of Jessie Kesson’s birth, we sill soon be announcing details of additional events and activity throughout the year.


Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre is inviting established writers to apply for the Jessie Kesson Fellowship in 2016.  This month long residency heralds the start of a programme of events to celebrate the life and achievement of a writer who is very close to our hearts, spending some of her life just three miles from Moniack Mhor. This award was established in 2009 by Moniack Mhor to honour Jessie Kesson’s inspirational life and work. 2016 is an important year in the Scottish Literary Calendar as it marks the centenary of her birth.

The successful candidate will receive time and space to develop their work, as well as opportunities to expand their practice. This includes a stipend of £350 per week, plus accommodation. The chosen writer will:

  • Live on-site in the cottage at Moniack Mhor for the whole month of March 2016.
  • Have the opportunity to deliver six creative writing workshops based on or inspired by Jessie Kesson’s life and work in local schools, libraries, or community centres.
  • Take a role in hosting a public evening event in the form of a reading or lecture
  • Be asked to contribute one piece of work to Moniack Mhor at the end of the residency.

The final terms of the Fellowship will be agreed by the successful candidate and Moniack Mhor. There may also be an opportunity to become involved in the wider centenary celebration throughout the year.


The fellowship is open to established writers. To be eligible for the fellowship applicants must have published at least one novel, one short story collection, one poetry pamphlet or had one professional production of their work staged. It is also essential that applicants have experience working with children and young people.

Please apply by sending:

  • A CV which includes previous experience of work with children and young people
  • An A4 covering letter that demonstrates your qualifications for the fellowship and how it would benefit you

It is important that applicants hold a current full UK driving license, or one that would allow them to drive during their stay.

The deadline for application is 5pm Friday 4th December 2016. Applications should be sent by email to: or by post to Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre, Teavarran, Kiltarlity, IV4 7HT. Interviews will be held in early December at Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre or by Skype.

For any enquiries relating to the fellowship please contact Rachel Humphries, Centre Director on

For some additional information, view or download the document below.

Jessie Kesson 2016 Information


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