Arts, culture and heritage

Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre, and The Bridge Awards are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2022 Emerging Writer Award is Natalia Theodoridou, a fiction writer born in Greece, with roots in Russia, Georgia, and Turkey and based in the UK. 

The popular Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund has received additional funding to support organisations and groups working with communities. You can still apply on Museums Gelleries Scotland website before the deadline on 18th March.

Improving the understanding of the challenges facing Gaelic-speaking communities and considering wider initiatives to provide more social and economic opportunities for these communities is vital to Scotland.

A Short Life Working Group on Economic and Social Opportunities for Gaelic has been set up and will have representation from a range of sectors with experience of working and living in Gaelic communities.

East Showcase & Cabaret

East Cabaret Competition with a Variety Showcase to raise funds for the The Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC)

Kath Duncan: The Last Queen of Scotland (LGBT+ History Month)

Raymond Barron-Woolford shares the story of Kath Duncan, a staunch civil rights campaigner and activist from the early 20th century, once a teacher in Kirkcaldy who took on the might of the British state in her campaign for social equality.

Duncan, who was a powerful orator and who took on slum landlords and the plight of the poor in her adopted home of Deptford in London, has been memorialised in a play – Liberty – and book – The Last Queen of Scotland – but her story is still largely unknown in Scotland.

This Spring, Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre will be host to a thriving hub of international literature, as it welcomes writers from across the globe as part of its Residencies Programme.

As part of the LGBT History Month and the national Year of Stories 2022, the Pink Saltire charity have created ‘The Pink Triangle Podcast’ where individuals from across the LGBT+ community share their personal stories about life in Scotland, indluding small, rural areas.

The government’s Omicron business support fund will help cultural organisations, events, museums and freelancers recover from the economic impact of coronavirus restrictions.

£16 million funding for this financial year is being allocated as follows:

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January, we take time to commemorate Jane Haining, a farmer’s daughter from rural Dumfriesshire who is the only Scottish woman to be honoured as “righteous among the nations” – the term used for non-Jews who risked their lives to protect Jews from extermination.

Details of a financial package worth up to £9 million for Scotland’s vital tourism sector have been confirmed by Tourism Minister Ivan McKee. 

The funding package is to be administered by VisitScotland and will be split between affected businesses in the following areas: