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Orcadian creative sought for Scots Scriever role

Published: 05 May 2021

Applications are now open for the Orkney Scriever residency hosted by the National Library of Scotland. This year, the Library is teaming up with Orkney Library & Archive to give one Orkney-based writer the opportunity to develop creative work in Orcadian. The 2021 Orkney Scriever will celebrate the richness of the Orcadian dialect, acknowledging the islands as a stronghold for the Scots language.

Working remotely, the role will involve a high level of public engagement, both virtually and through public events as restrictions allow. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to research collections at both the National Library and Orkney Library & Archive. The residency is open to all creative disciplines for written work, e.g. drama, poetry, songwriting and non-fiction.

Funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, the postholder will receive a monthly fee of £1,250 for the fixed-term residency of 12 months.

Karen Walker, Principal Librarian at Orkney Library, said:

'Orkney Library & Archive are delighted that the 2021 Scriever residency will be held in the Library & Archive during this, the centenary year of George Mackay Brown.

'Promoting Orcadian dialect through original creative work all over Orkney, the Northern Isles and Scotland will allow our dialect to reach a wider audience and help preserve Orkney’s rich cultural heritage.

'By allowing the Scriever access to our local archive collection and that of the National Library of Scotland it will ensure that these collections become more visible and accessible to all.'

The successful resident will be committed to raising the profile, understanding and appreciation of creative work in Orcadian and Scots by producing original work, as well as working alongside local communities in Orkney.

The application deadline is 09.00, Monday 24 May. Full details are on the National Library's Engage recruitment website.