Writer awarded Wallace Fellowship

THE writer and performer Martin O'Connor has been selected as this year's 2018 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship.

It is hosted by the Playwrights' Studio in partnership with the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

The Fellowship, supported by Creative Scotland, provides "a writer with time and support to develop their work in partnership with a host organisation."

It was established by Creative Scotland in 2013 in memory of Dr Wallace, the long time head of literature at the body and its predecessor, the Scottish Arts Council.

O’Connor will create a poem written in Gaelic, Scots and English, inspired by the Ossian poems, the purported poet ‘discovered’ by James Macpherson 1790, and written by Macpherson himself.

He said: "I am honoured not only to have been selected but also to be in the company of previous celebrated writers and to be part of Dr Gavin Wallace’s legacy."


Directors group launches

THEATRE Directors Scotland, a network of stage directors is to hold an official launch event later this month.

It will be held at Perth Concert Hall on March 30.

Organised by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir, Theatre Directors Scotland began in 2016 as a Facebook group and so far it has held meetings and skills workshops. Now it is to launch publicly.

The programme includes an address by Joe Douglas, who recently directed Arabian Nights at the Lyceum in Edinburgh and is about to take over as Artistic Director of Live Theatre Company in Newcastle.

After that, attendees will be invited to an Open Space discussion facilitated by Nicholas Bone and Jen McGregor to discuss what exactly we can do for each other. Tickets for the event, 'A Convocation' are free but limited.