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Lewis author Kevin MacNeil has been selected to speak at an online event on demystifying the lifecycle of a book.

The accomplished Lewis author will participate in a panel discussion on the mechanics of writing a book with Dr Alice Tarbuck, Nadine Aisha Jassat, and Louise Welsh.

Their examination of the writing process is part of a wide-ranging series of free online events facilitated by Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre.

The Life of a Book series will hear from multiple voices from the Scottish literary sector, including authors and poets, agents, publishers, festival programmers, and booksellers. They will unpack the journey and processes of writing and publishing a book.

The five-day series, developed and funded by Creative Scotland, commences on Monday, May 13.

Rachel Humphries, Centre Director at Moniack Mhor, said, “Moniack Mhor are thrilled to be supporting this programme: it aligns very closely with our principles of providing opportunities for writers to enhance their knowledge of the industry and make new connections. It’s a wonderful chance for Moniack Mhor to consider this approach in our ongoing programme. We would encourage anyone who is writing, who is interested in publishing or pursuing a career in the art form to join us in this online space.”

Kevin MacNeil is a leading Scottish novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter. His most recent novel, The Brilliant & Forever, was published to huge critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Saltire Fiction of the Year Award. ‘The Brilliant & Forever 2022’, a literary festival themed around the novel, took place in front of Lews Castle in August 2022. Kevin recently edited Robert Louis Stevenson: An Anthology, selected by Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares. Kevin has won several prestigious literary awards. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling. 

Places on the workshops can be reserved here.

Image credit: Kevin MacNeil