We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 Travel Writing Award is Neil Shaw.
Neil said, “I have long been interested in writing, travel and other cultures. In the 1990s I studied English Literature at Edinburgh University and lived for three years in Poland, where I taught Writing at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. On my return to Edinburgh I worked as a digital content writer for the Multimedia Unit of the National Museums of Scotland. For the last 15 years I have been employed by the British Council, where my work in education and cultural relations has taken me to many countries, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. My roles at the British Council have included leading the organisation’s Intercultural Fluency work, which focusses on equipping people to operate more effectively across cultures.
“My own writing is strongly travel based, drawing heavily on the experience outlined above, so I am delighted to have been awarded this year’s Travel Writing Award. I am very much looking forward to meeting the course tutors and the other participants, being immersed in writing for a few days, and, I am sure, learning a lot.”
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Travel Writing bursary is Thomas MacColl.
Thomas writes, “Having grown up in Fife, I have now lived in Edinburgh for 10 years, after moving to study English Literature there in 2007. I have family ties to Barra and Ballachulish on my dad’s side, and to Tuscany on my mum’s side; travelling to these places as a child imbued me with a love of travel and discovery which I have nurtured ever since. I am currently working as a secondary English teacher, having previously worked as a freelance proofreader and copy writer and as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities over the past few years. I have read my short fiction at the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s annual Story Shop event and at Main Point Books in Edinburgh, as well as creating collaborative poetry with Ed Smith. In November 2017 my partner Catriona and I are setting off on a round-the-world adventure, so I am delighted to have been offered this year’s Mairi Hedderwick Bursary for the Moniack Mhor Travel Writing course. I intend to use my experience at Moniack Mhor to sharpen my writing skills and develop my plans for documenting our travels and exploring it through literature.”