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Scots writers in Canada showcase

Culture Minister Michael Russell with Ian Rankin at the Edinburgh Book Festival
Culture Minister Michael Russell with Ian Rankin at the Edinburgh Book Festival

The Scottish Government is to spend £50,000 to send 18 Scottish writers to a Canadian book festival.

The "Writing Scotland" project will send writers such as AL Kennedy and Ian Rankin to the Toronoto International Festival of Authors.

The trip, organised by the Edinburgh Book festival, has been backed by Expo funding for showcasing Scottish work.

Culture Minister Michael Russell said it would "present the most vibrant and creative authors from Scotland".

The project will present leading Scottish authors and Canadian authors of Scottish descent including Alan Bissett, Ron Butlin, David Byrne and Margaret Elphinstone. It will also include Richard Holloway, Quintin Jardine, Denise Mina, Alice Munro and Andrew O'Hagan.

Mr Russell said: "There are strong historical and modern day links between Canada and Scotland and in the Year of Homecoming it is right and proper that so many people will have the opportunity to learn about Scotland and our culture at the IFOA."

Roland Gulliver, programme manager at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said: "The Edinburgh International Book Festival has been very fortunate to welcome some of Canada's finest authors to Charlotte Square Gardens this year and we are delighted that some of our top home grown talent will be visiting the IFOA in Canada and promoting the best of contemporary Scottish writing on an international stage."



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