Saturday, May 19, 2007


Paperback Rider

Today's Scotsman reports a rather curious writer's residency:

ASPIRING Scottish authors are being encouraged to apply for a unique writer in residency - on a bus.

Last summer Aberdeen City Council's pioneering "Reading Bus" took to the road for the first time in an innovative drive to encourage youngsters to read and to promote family learning in a non-school environment. It was revealed yesterday that, thanks to funding from oil giant Shell UK and Lottery Awards for All, the Reading Bus initiative is to appoint its own writer in residence - a published author prepared to work on the bus for a year....

The closing date for the post, for which a fee of £25,000 will be paid, is next Friday and interviews will take place on 13 June.

Say -- why don't we have this over here?....

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