Applications are currently being sought from fluent Gaelic speakers to join a new mentoring scheme created by Creative Scotland.
The scheme, entitled The Gaelic Critics Mentoring Programme, will offer three aspiring Gaelic-fluent writers the opportunity to those to develop their careers in art criticism.
The programme will allow the three successful candidates to work across art forms including literature, performance and music.
Its purpose is to enrich Scotland’s pool of reviewers and critics working in the Gaelic language by equipping them with skills and providing opportunities to pitch work to editors to be commissioned by publications and broadcasters.
Mentorship will be provided from experts including Mark Wringe, BBC broadcaster and senior lecturer at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, as well as award-winning poet, critic and journalist Peter Mackay.
Alan Bett, Literature Officer at Creative Scotland, said: “Creative Scotland is proud to announce this new programme, aimed at enriching Scotland’s pool of art reviewers working in the Gaelic language. Professional criticism is vital in strengthening the work of artists and introducing it to wider audiences.
“Through this bespoke mentoring scheme, emergent critics fluent in Scottish Gaelic will be provided with the skills and platform to develop their careers, diversifying the range of voices responding to Gaelic language arts in Scotland.”
A small bursary and expenses allocation will be provided to the chosen candidates with applications closing at 5pm on Friday January 31.