International Writers’ Residency

Moniack Mhor: 28th February – 27th March 2022

Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre is inviting established international writers and Scottish peers to apply for the 2022 Connect and Collaborate International Residency.
Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre - International Residency Location

This month-long residency programme will take place in March 2022 and is supported by the British Council and Creative Scotland. Six mid-career/established international writers and three Scottish (UK based) writers, working in poetry, prose, non-fiction, playwriting, or songwriting, will be given time and space to develop their work, whilst expanding their professional practice through the cross-pollination of ideas across cultures. Participants will also take part in an artistic programme that brings them together with Highland communities and engages audiences with work from different cultural backgrounds.

Through this project, Moniack Mhor will strengthen its relationships with international partners and expand opportunities for future residencies and cultural exchange programmes.

Selected candidates will be offered the following creative programme:

  • A month-long residency at Moniack Mhor, including:
    • Stipend of £1000, travel and food costs, and accommodation;
    • Time and space to develop work and expand creative practice;
    • Informal opportunities to share and collaborate with other participating writers;
    • Transport to locations of interest within the Highlands;
    • Optional attendance at an in-house event on Gaelic place names.
  • Participation in an event programme, including:
    • The opportunity to deliver a series of workshops/readings within local communities in the Highlands, or to join a small tour of North-West Scotland;
    • An evening ceilidh event alongside Scottish musicians and the local community at Moniack Mhor;
    • Involvement with a number of Scottish literary festivals, including Edinburgh International Book Festival and StAnza Festival.

LIPFEST Lagos: 27th – 30th October 2022

The Connect and Collaborate Residency 2022 also offers three successful international/Scottish candidates the opportunity to travel to Lagos, Nigeria, in October to participate in LIPFEST, the Lagos International Poetry Festival.

Moniack Mhor’s unique partnership with the Lagos Festival aims to explore artistic convergences and practices, as well as connecting creative communities at a time that calls for diverse responses to common challenges.

“Having the space to create, travel through Scotland, engage new audiences, and make some lasting connections with Scottish writers and poets, was an invaluable experience for me as international resident in 2019.”

Efe Paul Azino, 2019 International Residency recipient and Director of the Lagos International Poetry Festival

Selected candidates will visit Lagos between Oct 27th – Oct 30th 2022 and will take part in:

  • Workshops and school visits;
  • Three evenings of readings and performances;
  • Panel discussions;
  • Tailored itineraries immersing the artists in the cultural life of Lagos.

The Lagos Residency will include:

  • Flight;
  • Local travel;
  • Accommodation;
  • A $150 stipend.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Connect and Collaborate 2022 is open to international established/mid-career poets and writers living or working outside of the UK, as well as Scottish writers based in the UK.

To be eligible, applicants must have published at least one major work in poetry, non-fiction, playwriting, or songwriting; this could be a novel, a short story collection, a poetry pamphlet, an album, or a professionally staged production of work.

Please apply by sending:

  • A CV that covers your professional achievements;
  • An A4 covering letter and personal statement that outlines your intentions for the residency;
  • A sample of your work (maximum of 6 poems, double-spaced and single-sided; 2000 words of prose; or equivalent for other forms of writing).
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The deadline for application is 31st October 2021. Applications should be sent by email to: (subject line International Residency). If required, interviews will be held online in late November.

For any enquiries, please contact or call +44 (0)1463 741675.

This residency will take place alongside the International Translator’s Residency.


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