About us

The George MacKay Brown Fellowship was formed in 2006 to promote, develop and encourage new creative writing in the islands and to celebrate Orkney writers, past and present.

We run a range of literary and collaborative events in the community and beyond, including readings, workshops, retreats, residencies, courses, talks, festivals and competitions. We have published anthologies of creative writing from Orkney, and a booklet on the history of writing in Orkney containing biographies of twelve Orkney writers. We currently support two writing groups: Wirdsmit for young writers aged 8-14, and Orkney Voices for Orcadian speakers. 

In recent years we have successfully managed  larger events including two year-long fellowships, and two writing festivals and three book festivals. We have worked in partnership with local and national organisations such as Orkney Library & Archive, Orkney Islands Council, the St Magnus International Festival, Shetland Arts, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Creative Scotland and the Clore Duffield Foundation. 

The Fellowship is proud to have three distinguished patrons: Sir Andrew Motion, Stewart Conn and Liz Lochhead. 

You can find more details of our upcoming events, writing groups, publications and history on this website.

If you would like further information please contact us

You can also join our mailing list as a ‘Fellowship Friend’ to receive more information about our activities and events as they arise.