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Launch of The Half Private Garden

Monday, January 11th, 2016

The GMB Fellowship is delighted to launch The Half Private Garden, featuring work from some of the talented participants on the 2015 Orkney Writers’ Course, at the St Magnus International Festival. The Course is directed by Orkney-based poet Pamela Beasant, with award-winning Shetland-based poet Jen Hadfield.

The contributors are: Sara Bailey, Magnus Dixon, Michael Hough, Ciara MacLaverty, Kate Rambridge and Kate Tough.



The Half Private Garden is designed by Iain Ashman

Orkney Writers’ Course 2015

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Now in its fifth year, the Orkney Writers’ Course will run from 17-21 June 2015, as part of the St Magnus International Festival in Orkney. The course is based in the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, and is supported by the George Mackay Brown Fellowship.

Directed by Orkney-based writer Pamela Beasant, and co-tutored by Shetland-based poet Jen Hadfield, the course offers the following:

  • A session with Festival Poet Stewart Conn
  • The opportunity to interact with composers on the St Magnus Composers’ Course
  • One-to-one mentoring on request
  • The chance to read your work at a dedicated Festival event, Poems with Tea and Cake

Course fee £550. (A limited number of bursaries are available.)

Closing date for applications: Monday 2 March 2015

Application forms, and the Course brochure, can be downloaded at the base of this page, or from:

You can also download a copy of the online pamphlet Waiting for the Tide, with work from the participants of the 2014 Orkney Writers’ Course.