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Scotland shelves Academy of Literature plans

7th February 2011

Plans to establish a Scottish Academy of Literature involving some of the country's top writers have been scrapped by the government.

Last year, a report by the Literature Working Group, chaired by Rosemary Goring, said that the launch of such an institution would acknowledge the importance of Scotland's authors, poets and novelists, as well as offering support such as writers' retreats.

Responding to the plans today, Scottish culture minister Fiona Hyslop said the group had submitted a 'challenging report with many achievable ideas' but ruled out an organisation similar to France's Academie Francaise being established.

Instead, Ms Hyslop said that the newly appointed Makar, Liz Lochhead, will work with Creative Scotland to promote the country's writing heritage, adding that the poet is a 'superb advocate for Scottish literature'.

The minister also announced that a feasibility study will be carried out into hosting a National Book Week in the country, while writing bursaries will continue to be offered through Creative Futures and more effort will go into promoting Scottish literature in the nation's schools.
 

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