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Scotland 'looking to safeguard literary future'

16th February 2010

A new report commissioned by the Scottish government has examined how to ensure the country's literature scene is able to thrive.

The Literature Working Group was tasked with identifying ways for Scottish literature to build on its impressive heritage and continue to produce writers of international importance.

Among the recommendations made in the group's report is the establishment of an academy for literature, to laud the achievements of Scottish authors, and an increased investment in writers' retreats across the country.

Culture minister Fiona Hyslop said: 'Scotland has an incredibly rich literary heritage and we want to ensure that writers in contemporary Scotland are able to contribute to maintaining that reputation.'

Rosemary Goring, chair of the Literature Working Group and author of Scotland: The Autobiography, added that she believes the country needs to take writing seriously, as it is an art form which it has demonstrated excellence in.

Last month, Alexander McCall Smith, Andrew O'Hagan and William Dalrymple attended the Jaipur Literature Festival in India to promote the Scottish writing world.

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