Creative Practitioner Residencies – Writing, non-fiction

We are pleased to announce that the following six writers were selected for week-long residencies at Sweeney’s Bothy, Isle of Eigg as part of our Creative Practitioner Residencies series. These residencies were open to UK based writers with between three and six years of writing experience, but who have yet to publish a book or similarly major body of work.

Gaar Adams                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gaar has recently completed an Emerging Writer Fellowship at the London Library and his current writing explores how queerness and migration co-habit on the Arabian Peninsula. Through original research he is recording how LGBTQ+ migrants, navigate and balance belonging, community building, and subversion in the face of daunting legal peril and human rights abuses. Gaar is based in London.

Anna Baum
Anna’s writing practice has developed in parallel with her interest and work in ecology and conservation. While on residency she will work on a collection of personal essays which explore how autistic people who ‘unmask’ are enacting a form of rewilding. Anna is based in Sheffield.

Sophie Lau 
Sophie has a multidisciplinary creative practice with a focus on work that centres on the Chinese diaspora as well as other communities from the global majority. She is based in Norwich. She is working on a non-fiction book about Hong Kong told through personal anecdotes collected from her extended family.

Lisette May Monroe                                                                                                                                                                                  Lisette is an artist and writer based in Glasgow. She is co-director of Rosie’s Disobedient Press with Adrien Howard, a press working with artists who use writing as an essential part of a visual arts practice.  For the residency Lisette will be developing ideas of suburban horror, sited in her hometown of Kippax, Yorkshire. She will use the form of the memoir to dissect the ways in which she has been consumed by the monsters of labour, capacity and finance. 

Eleanor McCullough                                                                                                                                                                                              Eleanor’s work as an artist, writer and archive assistant is to care for the residues of other people’s stories. Focusing on women whose role it has been to maintain the legacy of a loved one, Eleanor is developing her writing by exploring a set of artists’ archives using feminist practice of the echo, a mode of poetic analysis known as deformance, and psychoanalytical methods of deep listening.

Natasha Ruwona                                                                                                                                                                                              Natasha is a Scottish-Zimbabwean artist, researcher and film programmer. Natasha’s practice is research based. They will continue the development the project: Black Geographies, Ecologies & Spatial Practice, which is concerned with exploring space, place and race in line with the framework of Black Geographies and Afrofuturism, by excavating Black Scottish history as (in)visible within the landscape.


Thanks again to all who applied, the quality of the applications was exceptional, the selectors –                  Cal Flyn, Tom Jeffreys and Arusa Qureshi were bowled over by what the read, and agreed that feedback for all was essential. We’ve been in touch with everyone who applied and will be sending feedback later this month.