The cottage continues to be a centre of literary activity but need support from the international Scottish diaspora and poets.
A writing residency – the Brownsbank Fellowship – in association with the Scottish Arts Council and South Lanarkshire Council, has been held by poetsJames Robertson, Matthew Fitt, Gerry Cambridge, Aonghas MacNeacail, Linda Cracknell, Tom Bryan and Carl MacDougall. The residency came to an end in December 2010 following local government support cuts. However, in partnership with Creative Scotland (the successor organisation to the Scottish Arts Council), it is intended to offer the Cottage during the summer months as a funded writers retreat, with a view to it becoming part of the network of artist retreats/residencies envisaged under the Scottish Government's Creative Futures programme.
If you can help make this happen or offer support in any way, get in touch with the poet Andrew McCallum who is Secretary of the Brownsbank Committee.
You can find out more about Hugh MacDiarmid and Brownsbank Cottage here http://www.brownsbank.org.uk/
Visit the Biggar Poetry Garden virtually here http://biggarpoetrygarden.weebly.com/index.html or if you happen to be in Biggar, you'll find the Poetry Garden at the top end of Biggar High Street. The garden has an open submissions policy for poets and artists. Full contact details are on the website.