Jen Hadfield appointed as 2014 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow

Published: 10 Nov 2014

Moniack Mhor will host the 2014 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow

Fellowship to be Hosted by Moniack Mhor

Poet, Jen Hadfield has been appointed as the 2014 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow. Hadfield will undertake her Fellowship in partnership with creative writing centre Moniack Mhor, which lies three miles from Loch Ness and overlooks the mountains of Strathfarrar and Ben Wyvis, Inverness-shire.

During the Fellowship Hadfield is proposing to develop work in either poetic or short story form using the idea of flotsam and jetsam, to explore themes of place and identity. Commenting on the Fellowship, Hadfield said:

“I'm really grateful to have been appointed the 2014 Gavin Wallace Fellow: it's a responsibility, and a privilege, and a heart-leap.

“I want to use the Fellowship to research and write about who and what washes up in Shetland, as well as to ask folk - Shetlanders and incomers - what they make of this place and of their relationship to the rest of the world.

“Gavin was immensely supportive to me in the past, and I'm really grateful to his family, and to Creative Scotland, and the Fellowship's hosts at Moniack Mhor, for giving me this opportunity to read and write and travel and learn.”

The residency which will begin in December will offer Hadfield the opportunity to receive mentoring, attend courses, lead workshops and use the writing centre as a retreat space.

Rachel Humphries, Director, Moniack Mhor, said:

“The whole selection process was inspiring and submissions were of high literary quality, demonstrating the health of contemporary Scottish literature. It was certainly a challenge to compile a short list from such a strong body of work.

“Jen’s ideas were outstanding, her project created an evocative sense of the themes. Her writing is both imaginative and intuitive and we are delighted to be able to support her over the next year. I’m sure that with Jen’s talent and professionalism she will create a work of beauty.”

The Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship offers writers time to develop their practice in partnership with a leading literary organisation.

Jenny Niven, Portfolio Manager for Literature at Creative Scotland, said:

“The marriage of Jen Hadfield’s beautiful poetry, as rooted in Scotland’s unique landscape as it is, and Moniack Mhor, among the most inviting and inspiring of residency opportunities anywhere, is a wonderful pairing.

“Jen takes up the fellowship at an exciting time in her career as one of our leading poets, just as Moniack Mhor go forth with a refreshed vision and a newly independent spring in their step. We look forward very much to seeing the results for both, and I have no doubt Gavin would have approved wholeheartedly.”

Notes to Editors

Jen Hadfield Biography (Source: Scottish Poetry Library)
Jen Hadfield's second collection, Nigh-No-Place, won the 2008 T S Eliot Prize. With family in Canada and England and a deep love of her adopted home in Shetland, it is perhaps no surprise that her writing is often drawn to the contradictions of travel and home, the music of voices, and the importance of land and place. Her third poetry collection, 'Byssus' was published in February 2014. For further information please visit:

The Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship was open to established writers living and working in Scotland. To be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must have published at least one novel, one collection of short stories, one poetry pamphlet or had one professional production of their work staged. Fellows receive a stipend of £20,000. Fellow host organisations receive £5,000 to enable the hosting of the Fellowship.

Dr. Gavin Wallace was a central figure in Scotland's literature world for many years. Gavin joined the Scottish Arts Council in August 1997 as Literature Officer and later moved on to become the Head of Literature, a position he held for eight years before being appointed as Portfolio Manager for Literature, Publishing and Language at Creative Scotland in June 2010. Gavin previously worked as a teacher, lecturer, critic, journalist, editor and broadcaster, and was an Associate Lecturer in Literature and the Humanities at the Open University in Scotland from 1991-2001. He carried out graduate and postgraduate study, in English and Scottish Literature, at the University of Edinburgh. For more information about Dr. Gavin Wallace, please visit:

Moniack Mhor is located in the Scottish Highlands, fourteen miles from the city of Inverness. Since its first course in 1993, Moniack Mhor has been running creative writing courses tutored by some of the finest authors in the UK and beyond. Moniack Mhor runs residential and non-residential creative writing courses, as well as programming outreach work and retreats. 2015 will herald the official beginning of Moniack Mhor as an independent writing centre. The new programme will be launched on Thursday 27 November 2014. For further information about Moniack Mhor please visit Follow @moniackmhor and

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