Ian Rankin and Ali Smith lead warning of ‘devastating’ Scottish arts cuts

Letter signed by 111 authors says reductions of support for writers in forthcoming budget could endanger ‘world-renowned literary heritage’

Some of the biggest names in Scottish literature, from Ian Rankin to Ali Smith, have warned the Scottish government that cuts to literature funding would leave future generations to look back on the early 21st century “and lament the absence of the next Muriel Spark, the next Robert Louis Stevenson, the next Edwin Morgan”.

More than 100 Scottish writers, including Kate Atkinson, Alexander McCall Smith and Irvine Welsh, have put their names to an open letter in which they raise concerns that next week’s Scottish budget could see “devastating cuts” to culture funding. Calling on the Scottish government to increase funding for arts and literature, they warn that without this support, the country’s “world-renowned literary heritage” will be damaged.

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