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Inaugural University of Otago Scottish Writers Fellow announced

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Friday, 4 April 2014 12:00am

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The Division of Humanities and the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Otago are delighted to announce that the inaugural University of Otago Scottish Writers Fellow will be the acclaimed Scottish novelist Janice Galloway.

Janice Galloway, who will take up the three-month Fellowship in April, is one of the most accomplished and acclaimed writers in the United Kingdom. Her debut novel, The Trick is to Keep Breathing (1989) won the 1990 MIND/Allen Lane Book of the Year Award. Her book of short stories, Blood (1991) was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In 1994 she won the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the McVitie’s Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year for her novel Foreign Parts. Her novel Clara (2002) won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award. Her memoir, All Made Up, won the non-fiction category in the 2012 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year Awards.

Janice Galloway has been a writer in residence for four Scottish prisons, Times Literary Supplement Research Fellow to the British Library, a resident writer at Jura Distillery, and at the Hotel Chevillon in France courtesy of the Robert Louis Stevenson Award. She has taught creative writing at the University of Glasgow and the University of Stirling.

The University of Otago Scottish Writers Fellowship is a three-month literary residency based at the Pah Homestead in Auckland. The Fellowship aims to encourage literary and cultural exchange between Scotland and New Zealand. It is open to writers of Scottish residency, background or affiliation.

Janice Galloway will take up the three-month Fellowship in April of 2014.

Professor Brian Moloughney, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Humanities at the University of Otago, warmly welcomes Janice Galloway’s appointment.

“I am delighted that a writer of Janice Galloway’s stature and accomplishment has been chosen as our inaugural Scottish Writers Fellow. Janice Galloway is a writer of international significance. Her presence in New Zealand will help to develop cultural and academic connections between Scotland and New Zealand and will enhance the work of our Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies here at the University of Otago.”

Professor Liam McIlvanney, Stuart Chair in Scottish Studies at the University of Otago, says Janice Galloway is one of the “undisputed stars of contemporary Scottish literature.”

“She is a bona fide world-class talent. Alongside writers like James Kelman and Alasdair Gray, she helped to kick-start the extraordinary literary renaissance that Scotland has enjoyed over the past three decades. For the Scottish Studies programme at Otago it will be a tremendous privilege to host Janice Galloway,” he says.

Damien Wilkins, Director of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington, gave his own response to the announcement:
“Janice Galloway is a wonderful choice to kick off this exciting Fellowship. A major fiction writer and memoirist, Janice is an exuberant writer, though it’s Scottish exuberance so that means—winningly—she’s also usually having a dig at her own enthusiasms. She’s a wonderful communicator, too, about writing and about the world.”

During the tenure of her Fellowship, Janice Galloway will undertake public readings and masterclasses throughout New Zealand. Confirmed events include: an interview and masterclass at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington; a reading at the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival in May; an appearance at the NZ Society of Authors AGM at Whangerei; and a reading at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

For further information, contact

Professor Liam McIlvanney
Stuart Chair in Scottish Studies
University of Otago
Tel 64 3 479 4936
Email liam.mcilvanney@otago.ac.nz

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