Emerging Writers’ Tutored Retreat with Childcare with Hannah Lavery, Horatio Clare and Cynthia Rogerson

Emerging Writers' Tutored Retreat with Childcare with Hannah Lavery, Horatio Clare and Cynthia Rogerson

Date(s) - Mon 17th Oct - Sat 22nd Oct, 2022
All Day

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT



We are now inviting applications for subsidised places on our tutored retreat with childcare. 

As well as having time and space to write, successful writers will have the opportunity to work with either Hannah Lavery, Horatio Clare, or Cynthia Rogerson on their current projects, while their children will be looked after by local forest school in Abriachan. 

We are able to offer this unique opportunity that benefits both writers and their families thanks to generous funding by Creative Scotland Radical Care project.  

Submissions are open to emerging writers working in poetry, fiction or non-fiction. A subsidised place will cost £250 and includes: 

  • Accommodation and all meals for you and your children (up to 2 children) 
  • Childcare at Abriachan Forest School from 10am-3pm (incl. transportation to and from MoniackMhor) 
  • Tutoring with one of the three writers tailored to your current project 



Hannah Lavery is an award-winning poet, playwright, performer and Makar of Edinburgh. She is also an associate artist with the National Theatre of Scotland.  

Her recent play, Lament for Sheku Bayoh was part of the Edinburgh International Festival and her poetry film,Thirteen Fragments premiered as part of Royal Edinburgh Society’s Curious Festival.  

Her debut pamphlet, Finding Seaglass was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in 2019 and her debut collection, Blood Salt Spring will be published by Polygon in 2022 and in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland and Push the Boat Out Festival is in development as film and spoken word show. 

Hannah is also an experienced workshop facilitator and mentor and received the Creative Edinburgh Leadership Award in 2020, for her work with the Writers of Colour Writing Group and for curating and directing a film poetry series, Sorry, I Was On Mute, for Fringe of Colour. 

Horatio Clare’s books include Running for the Hills (Somerset Maugham Award), A Single Swallow, Down to the Sea

in Ships (Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year), Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot (Branford Boase Award), The Light in the Dark, Orison for a Curlew and Something of his Art: Walking to Lubeck with J S Bach.

His latest book is Heavy Light: a story of madness, mania and healing. Horatio broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 4, notably for From Our Own Correspondent, and presents Radio 3’s acclaimed annual Sound Walks series at Christmas. He writes for the Financial Times, the Spectator, Conde Nast Traveller (where he is a contributing editor), and many other papers, websites and magazines. Horatio lectures in non-fiction at the University of Manchester. 

Cynthia Rogerson is a Californian Scottish writer living in the Highlands. Winner of the V.S.Pritchett Prize, she’s published a memoir, five novels and a collection of short stories. 

I Love You Goodbye was translated into six languages, short-listed for Scottish Novel of the Year, and dramatized for BBC radio. Wait for Me Jack was published in 2017 under Addison Jones. A Sunday Times top summer read, it’s also an audiobook. Her newly published memoir titled Wah! is also an audiobook.  

She’s supervised on the Edinburgh University Creative Writing program and holds an RLF Fellowship. www.cynthiarogerson.org 



Abriachan Forest School will provide childcare throughout the week from 10am  3pm. They support lots of outdoor play and learning for all ages and stages of humans … little and large. Some days can be spent discovering woodland animals or pond dipping, perhaps looking for minibeasts or flower fairies and building houses. At other times, games will be played which might finish with some campfire cookery and storytelling deep in the woods. Most of the day will be spent outside but there are some lovely indoor spaces available too.   

The centre will supply extra beds for children in their parent/guardian’s room and facilitate transport to and from the forest. 



This tutored retreat is open to emerging Scottish (UK based) writers, working in poetry, fiction or non-fiction, with a writing project in development. Applicants may have had excerpts or articles published in the past, but not have published any major body of work. We would particularly encourage applications from those who experience barriers to the writing process. 



Please apply by sending one document, in Microsoft Word format which includes: 

  • Your CV (no more the three sides of A4). Where possible, this should be weighted towards any writing experience. 
  • A summary outlining your work in progress (no more than one side of A4)  
  • A 2000 word sample of your work 

We would also appreciate if you were able to complete and return our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Monitoring Form: Equality-and-Diversity-Monitoring-Form

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 28th July 2022. 

Applications should be sent by email to radicalcare@moniackmhor.org.uk with the subject line: Radical Care – Emerging Writers Application.  They can also be submitted by post to Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre, Teavarran, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire IV4 7HT.  

For any enquiries relating to the Radical Care Project,  please contact Pauline Krawehl, Radical Care Project Assistant  on  radicalcare@moniackmhor.org.uk. 

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