December 2, 2016
This fellowship first began in 1994 and was the idea of Franki Fewkes, a Scottish RLS enthusiast who was then living in France. It is supported by Creative Scotland. The location of this fellowship, Grez-sur-Loing at the edge of the French Forest of Fontainebleu, was selected because of its ties to Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson first visited here during 1875 and would be a place of great significance to his life and work.
The purpose of this fellowship is to gift writers with the space and time to pursue their writing, away from the disturbances of everyday life. It is anticipated that the peaceful, attractive setting of Grez-sur-loing will inspire writers to begin new writing projects or to complete existing projects that may have otherwise been left unfinished.
This scheme is intended for practicing Scottish Writers who would find taking time away from their usual environment to be beneficial for developing their professional work. Writers who have a significant track record as a professional writer outside of Scotland, but are now living and working in Scotland, may also apply at the discretion of Scottish Book Trust.
Residences will be provided for one month each in a self-catering studio apartment. This will take place at the Hotel Chevillon International Arts at Grez-sur-Loing. Travel and accommodation will be paid for and fellows will be awarded £300 for the purpose of covering living expenses.
See the Scottish Book Trust website for details of how to apply for the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 1st February 2017.
December 1, 2016
Symington Library’s Sew, Knit and Natter group had a rather impromptu Poppy Knit and managed to raise £11.55 for the Poppy appeal! Well done, ladies and a big thank you to customers at Symington for their support. The ladies will be concentrating on all things festive for the next few weeks, so if you would like to knit a snowman or make a Christmas bauble, come and join us at 4pm every Tuesday afternoon.
November 28, 2016
A huge thank you to everyone who came along to Symington Library’s Chatterbooks event for Book Week Scotland. Cakes were eaten, George’s Marvellous Medicine was sampled, Golden Books were found, Ears were pinned on BFG and prizes galore were won! But most importantly of all, hundreds of cuddles were given to and received by our special guest ‘Bookbug’ (who was extra cuddly after all they cakes he ate!).
Well done the Chatterbooks group for helping make the day such a great success!
We went time travelling with author and creative writing teacher Janis Mackay, when she visited Ayr’s Carnegie Library. Janis talked about her Time Travel Series of books and encouraged us all to get writing. The children (and adults) were enthralled listening to Janis and inspired to put pen to paper and start writing their own adventures.
Keeping with the time travel theme for our LEGO Lucky Bag Challenge, we got very imaginative and built some terrific time machines to zoom back through the years to Auld Ayr!
November 8, 2016
The OIR Photography group’s exhibition has just opened in the non-fiction lending department of Carnegie Library, Ayr. There are some fabulous images on display featuring wildlife, landscapes and buildings captured on camera.
This free exhibition is not to be missed and will be on throughout November 2016.