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Highland writing centre Moniack Mhor at Abriachan reveals residential programme for 2022 with tutors including Val Mcdermid, Hannah Lavery and Cal Flyn


By Imogen James

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Moniack Mhor, nestled up Abriachan. Picture: Mirren Rosie
Moniack Mhor, nestled up Abriachan. Picture: Mirren Rosie

Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s national writing centre in Abriachan, has announced its new residential programme for 2022.

There is a selection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and crime writing courses and retreats on offer with the theme of “place”.

Courses include writing and walking, crime writing, picture books and poetry.

Tutors for this exciting experience include crime writer Val Mcdermid, poet and Edinburgh Makar Hannah Lavery and non-fiction writer Cal Flyn, among many more well-known names.

The centre aims to provide a place of solace and inspiration where writers can create and develop their skills through a range of group sessions, workshops and individual tutorials.

Rachel Humphries, centre director of Moniack Mhor, said: “Moniack Mhor has weathered the turbulence of 2021.

“We ceased residential activity in March 2020 when the country went into lockdown and opened our doors in a scaled-down way from summer of this year.

“I am thrilled that we are launching our full residential programme. Having writers with us over the last few months has reinforced, more than ever, that community is one of the vital components for human happiness.

“Sharing words around the fire nurtures our wellbeing and fuels the creative drive. To have writers back through our doors makes life seem real once again.”

She continued: “We are currently working hard to review our writer development programme to see where the gaps truly are.

“These will be filled by new support schemes including a wider online programme, expanded mentoring opportunities, more international collaboration and courses and retreats with childcare.”

Bookings for the public are open and can be made online at www.moniackmhor.org.uk

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