Over the last year the Trustees have continued to to make donations from the Trust funds to projects that promote and encourage the study, appreciation and knowledge of Scottish poetry and literature. The Trust made seven donations as follows:
- The Craigmillar Literacy Trust in continuation of the Trust’s long-term support of their Literacy Programme which works with schools and families in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh.
- The Edinburgh International Book Festival in connection with an event which was put on at the 2022 festival ‘Beyond the Swelkie’ in celebration of the work of the celebrated Orcadian poet, George Mackay Brown, and which was commemorating the centenary of his birth.
- The Scottish Book Trust in support of their New Writers Awards programme which offers a year-long writing programme to new writers living and working in Scotland to develop their craft.
- Creative Carbon Scotland for the use of poetry at their Springboad assembly which was seeking to harness the power of culture and the arts to help address the climate crisis, and was a follow-up to their successful Poetry in Parliament event.
- Edinburgh Napier University School of Arts in continuation of the Trust’s commitment to encouraging post-graduate research into a wide range of areas of Scottish literature.
- Borders Book Festival for two author presentations at their 2022 festival in Melrose – Christina De Luca, a poet and novelist who writes in English and a Shetland dialect and was talking about ‘Veeve’ her new collection of poetry in English and Shetlandic, and Sarah Smith, a writer from Glasgow, who won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2019, and was promoting her book ‘Hear No Evil’ which is set in 19th century Glasgow and was inspired by the real-life, landmark case of the first deaf person to be tried in a Scottish court.
- Comhairle nan Leabhraichean (The Gaelic Books Council) for a music, poetry and spoken word event ‘Skerries, Trawlings, Tides’ staged at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh to celebrate the 80th birthday of acclaimed Gaelic poet and songwriter, Aonghas MacNeacail. The Trust was delighted that the event was such a huge success but sorry to hear of Aonghas’ death a few months later in December.
The range of donations that the Trust has made over the years has been extraordinarily diverse and looking ahead, whilst the Trust is not a large endowment, we welcome applications from organisations across Scotland.