The Western Isles Council has launched its literature development plan.
The plan, drawn up by Peter Urpeth, Hi-Arts writing development co-ordinator and a published novelist and poet, outlines three strategic priorities:
- Co-ordination, sustainability and growth of the literature and creative writing sectors;
- Advancing adult Gaelic literacy;
- Support local Gaelic publishing.
To address these priorities, the plan recommends two key actions. The first is to establish an Outer Hebrides Literature Development Forum to encourage joint working across the literature development sector. The focus will be to promote both Gaelic and English literature, writing and publishing throughout the islands, via a programme which could include writer's residencies and author events in schools.
The second recommendation is to establish a Gaelic Book Development Fund that would distribute funding to Gaelic publication projects in early stages of development.
A discussion day about the plan will take place on March 4, 10am-4pm at the Caladh Inn, Stornoway.