Funding helps creative juices flow

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A Carnoustie author has been awarded funding by Creative Scotland to support her while she works on her second novel set in and around Barry Mill.

Creative Scotland has recently awarded over £1.8 million of Open Project Funding in grants of between £1000 to £120,000, to 98 individual artists and organisations working across the arts, screen and creative industries, and among them, budding author Sandra Ireland.

Sandra, whose first novel ‘Beneath The Skin’ will be published in September by Polygon, was delighted with the award.

She said: “I’m extremely grateful to Creative Scotland for this award, and the very fact that my work is being taken seriously at this level has given me, a debut writer, an enormous confidence boost. The funding will buy me time to focus on my second novel The Bone Harp, and allow me to immerse myself creatively in the stunningly beautiful and inspirational landscape of Barry Mill. Thanks also to the National Trust for Scotland for its support and allowing me the ‘run of the mill’.”

Iain Munro, deputy chief executive at Creative Scotland, added: “From new theatre productions to support for Scottish film festivals, a sonic novel to the creation of new work by established and emerging artists, we are delighted to have been able to support such a range of practice through Open Project Funding. Open Project Funding supports individual artists and organisations to develop and deliver arts and creative projects, widen access to their work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation.

“Collectively, these projects will have a major impact on the quality of the lives of people and communities across Scotland in many different ways, stimulating imagination and confidence through creative experiences.”