Episode 16: The Gavin Wallace Fellowship

Maisie Chan & Jenni Fagan

26 August 2020

On this episode we speak to two recent recipients of the Gavin Wallace Fellowship, a prestigious award aimed at allowing established writers the opportunity to work creatively with an organisation based in Scotland.

Maisie Chan, author of Stories From Around the World and The Legend of Hua Mulan, is this year’s Gavin Wallace Fellow based at the National Centre for Children's Literature at Moat Brae in Dumfries. She tells us about her plans for the fellowship and how her early experiences of reading influenced her decision to become a writer.

Jenni Fagan is an award winning novelist and poet, and we spoke to her just after she’d submitted the manuscript of her upcoming novel, Luckenbooth. She tells us what to look forward to in that novel, as well as how her experience as a Gavin Wallace Fellow at Summerhall in Edinburgh influenced the book.