SF x WBF Writer in Residence

About Marjorie

Marjorie Lotfi Gill, our first writer in residence in partnership with Wigtown Book Festival, is a poet based in Edinburgh and the Poet in Residence at Jupiter Artland. She co-founded and runs Open Book, a charity that organises shared reading groups for vulnerable adults, and takes those groups to linked events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Marjorie’s poems have been published by a variety of anthologies and journals in the US and the UK, including Rattle, Ambit, Gutter, The North, The Reader, Mslexia and Magma. She placed first in the National Galleries Inspired? Get Writing! competition and has been shortlisted twice for the Bridport Prize.

About The Residency

During her residency, Marjorie will be writing about Spring Fling artists' artwork in a number of the studios over Spring Fling weekend (23 - 25 May) and encouraging others to write alongside her, as well as providing other opportunities for Spring Fling visitors to respond to the artworks in writing - see below for where Marjorie will be writing and how to book and attend on of the free writing workshops.

All writing submitted to Spring Fling will be published online on the Spring Fling Writers Blog, beginning in early May.

Writing submitted before Spring Fling weekend is very welcome - this may be a response to the artists work within the Spring Show's in Edinburgh or Berlin, or a response to Spring Fling artists’ work viewed online or in the Spring Fling brochure.

A selection of the best submissions will be presented at the Wigtown Book Festival 2015.


Locations and How to Book Your Space

Over the Spring Fling weekend, Marjorie will be visiting a number of studios. You can now book on these visits to write alongside Marjorie (please note spaces are limited so if you are interested please book as soon as possible):

Saturday 23 May

Writer in Residence (Wigtown) at Davy Brown (Studio 8) and Sarah Stewart (Studio 7), Saturday 23 May 11am - 12.30pm - Book here

Writer in Residence (Gatehouse of Fleet) at Jermey Carlisle (Studio 13), Saturday 23 May, 4pm - 5.30pm - Book here.

Sunday 24 May

Writer in Residence (Clarebrand) at Hilary McElderry's Studio (Studio 41), Sunday 24th May, 11am - 12.30pm - Book here.

Writer in Residence (Kirkgunzeon) at Ceri Allen (Studio 63) and Heather Davies (Studio 64), Sunday 24th May, 2.30pm - 4pm - Book here.

Writer in Residence (Moniaive) at Silvana McLean (Studio 67) and Sarah Keast (Studio 68),  Sunday 24th May, 6pm - 7pm - Book here.

Monday 25 May

Writer in Residence (Auldgirth) at Denise Zygadlo (Studio 65), Monday 25 May, 11am - 12.30pm - Book here.

Writer in Residence (Langholm) at Lisa Rothwell Young (Studio 87), Monday 25 May, 3pm - 4.30pm - Book here.


How to Submit Your Writing to be Published Online
To have your creative writing published on the Spring Fling blog (and considered for presentation at the Wigtown Book Festival), send flash fiction of up to 500 words or poems - in text format .doc or .docx - to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the words “Spring Fling Writing” in the subject line.

 Include your name, contact details, and the name of the artist/artwork that inspired the writing. 
Entries should not have been previously published.

We strongly encourage writers to submit work before or during the Spring Fling weekend.  However, all writing should be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 12 June 2015. Please get in touch with Marjorie (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) if you have any questions about taking part in this project.