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Arvon and Moniack Mhor

From April 2015, Arvon courses will no longer be held at Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre near Inverness. Moniack Mhor has been affiliated with Arvon since 1993, running a short series of Arvon creative writing courses annually alongside its own programme for partner, schools and the local community. It has recently received funding from Creative Scotland to support its development and will now be running its own programme. Arvon courses at Moniack Mhor during 2014 will continue to run as normal.

Ruth Borthwick, Chief Executive of Arvon: “Arvon stimulated the founding of Moniack Mhor by Kit and Sophia Fraser over twenty years ago and it has been a much-loved centre for many Arvon writers. Arvon is pleased to see Moniack thrive and develop, and we look forward to a new relationship as the plans of both organisations unfold.”

Rachel Humphries, Centre Director of Moniack Mhor: “we are incredibly proud of the partnership that we have had with Arvon over the last twenty years and we would really like to work towards reframing our work together so that we can continue to celebrate our relationship”.

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Cindy George – My Arvon City Weekend

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Alongside our residential weeks, each year we run Arvon City, a programme of non-residential weekend courses in urban…

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Michael Baldwin’s gone, died in February. When The Arts Council, following Fairfax’s and my report on the first…

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Sophie Good’s Arvon week – Playwriting


Sophie Good blogs about her week at Lumb Bank in November last year for ‘Theatre – Exploring and…

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Michael Baldwin, a great friend to Arvon

We were greatly saddened to hear of the death of  the poet and novelist Michael Baldwin, a  wonderful…

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Lochend School at Lumb Bank


Gordon Fisher blogs about his experience of bringing a school group to Arvon. On Monday, 13th of January…

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Dread is the heckler in the room who doesn’t know when to stop

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The Hurst’s Gabriela Blandy blogs about dread and inspiration… I visited The Hurst a few years ago for…

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Barbara Jenkins’ Tobago Writing Retreat

Photograph by Elspeth Duncan, Tobago

Photograph by Elspeth Duncan, Tobago The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize is an annual award which allows an…

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Write to Unite – competition for young writers


Arvon has teamed up with Kick it Out – football’s equality and inclusion campaign, currently marking its 20…

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I know the house and its ghosts – final post from The Hurst’s writer-in-residence

Deb Alma signs off her writing residency at The Hurst “Strangely as relief centre assistant at The Hurst…

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Drumroll please! Gabriela Blandy on joining team Hurst

Joining The Hurst this week has reminded me about the months I spent in a dilapidated hotel on…

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Are better habits the secret to writing success?


by Rebecca Evans Over the years I’ve  worked for Arvon I’ve encountered several mysteries, including: the precise role of…

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