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Poet Ken Cockburn is announced as winner of Moniack Mhor's 2020 Jessie Kesson Fellowship

By Margaret Chrystall

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WRITER Ken Cockburn has been chosen by Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre as winner of the Jessie Kesson Fellowship for 2020.

This award was established in 2009 by Moniack Mhor to honour writer Jessie Kesson’s inspirational life and work.

Being chosen for the fellowship means the writer Ken receives time and space to develop his work, staying at Moniack Mhor during March to allow “a supported and focussed time” to expand his writing.

Ken Cockburn is a poet, translator, editor and writing tutor based in Edinburgh.

Ken Cockburn wins Jessie Kesson fellowship.
Ken Cockburn wins Jessie Kesson fellowship.

After several years at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, he has – since 2004 – freelanced, working in schools, colleges, care and community settings, and collaborating with visual artists on book, exhibition and public art projects.

His most recent poetry collection is Floating The Woods, published by Luath in 2018.

Ken also runs Edinburgh Poetry Tours – guided walks with readings of poems in the city’s Old Town.

As well as receiving the benefits of the fellowship, Ken will share his own talents by delivering three creative writing workshops.

Two are for adults (on Thursday March 12, 3-5pm and Tuesday, March, 17 at 7pm – 9pm) and there is also one for families (Saturday, March 14 from 2-4pm). All three will be held at Abriachan Forest Trust, using the natural surroundings and environment to inspire writing.

The workshops are suitable for anyone, whether just beginning to write or more experienced. The workshops are free to attend, but spaces are limited. To book, please either email Moniack Mhor at info@moniackmhor.org.uk or telephone 01463 741 675.

More on Ken: https://kencockburn.co.uk

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