First fellowship writer chosen

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ONE OF Scottish journalism’s leading lights is to be commemorated with a special fellowship award from an Arbroath cultural centre.

The late Ken Cargill, a pioneering head of news and current affairs with the BBC, will be honoured with the Ken Cargill Writer’s Fellowship set up by the Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust.

A former chair of the trust based at Hospitalfield House, Mr Cargill passed away in July last year.

As part of the relaunch of the residency programme at Hospitalfield House it was felt appropriate to recognise Mr Cargill’s contribution to the art world.

The first Ken Cargill Writer’s Fellowship was awarded to Duncan McLaren, author of ‘Personal Delivery’ and ‘Looking for Enid’. It will allow Duncan the opportunity to further research the life of Patrick Allan-Fraser and the information he unearths will allow him to create a website to bring Allan-Fraser into the 21st century.

Director of Hospitalfield House Lucy Byatt said: “I am so looking forward to hosting the four residency programmes this year, it will allow me to understand better, as a new director, how we can build for the future; bringing artists, writers and designers here to work whilst also ensure that our audiences are able to engage with both the heritage of the house and the work that we are doing with contemporary artists.

“The opportunity that the Ken Cargill Writer’s Fellowship allows us is to bring someone as experienced as Duncan McLaren to Hospitalfield to investigate the archive and to reveal for use a new and distinctive way of telling the history of this most extraordinary place.”