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Writers from opposite ends of the earth are invited to apply for Island to Island, a residency exchange between Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre, and Verb Wellington in New Zealand/Aotearoa.

The exchange, supported by The British Council, is for a Scottish writer and an Aotearoa writer working in creative non-fiction, fiction, or long-form poetry.

Island to Island offers the opportunity to receive time and space in a fresh environment to inspire creative work while connecting with audiences and literary communities in both countries.

An Aotearoa writer will travel to Scotland for a three-week residency in August-September this year. In late August, the writer will join the Edinburgh International Book Festival at an event with their Scottish counterpart ahead of the residency period at Moniack Mhor. During their visit to the Highlands, they will also travel to Skye for a micro-residency to further explore the island theme.

Then, in October-November, a Scottish writer will travel to Wellington for a three-week residency, including an appearance at the Verb Readers & Writers Festival and a micro-residency in Kāpiti Island.

In addition to performing together at the Scottish and Aotearoa festivals, the writers will have the opportunity to co-deliver a workshop to young people or a community group in the Scottish Highlands and take part in a reading of international writers at Moniack Mhor. 

Applications for the residency can be made until Monday, April 8, at moniackmhor.org.uk