Travel to the Nation’s Favourite Places during Book Week Scotland
Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce the publication of My Favourite Place – a collection of heartfelt and inspiring stories, poems and songs by the people of Scotland.
To celebrate the first Book Week Scotland, more than 150,000 free copies of My Favourite Place will be gifted to people throughout the country. The books will be distributed in local bookshops, public libraries, National Trust and Historic Scotland properties, workplaces, ferry terminals, train stations and more than 60 Specsavers stores nationwide.
Stories featured in the book were selected as the winning entries to a creative writing competition held in partnership with BBC Radio Scotland. A selection of stories will also be broadcast during Book Week Scotland (26 November – 2 December 2012).
More than 1,000 competition entries were received and all of them are available to read on www.bookweekscotland.com. A downloadable eBook which was developed in partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) will be available from Scottish Book Trust website www.scottishbooktrust.com
The book also features original commissioned artwork and contributions from some of the best-loved names in arts and literature, among them exclusive stories from Michael Palin, Alexander McCall Smith, and Liz Lochhead.
Six contemporary artists were commissioned to illustrate My Favourite Place – Kate Davis, Louise Hopkins, Helen Douglas, Donald Urquhart, Alasdair Gray and David Faithfull – have contributed artwork. Contributions in Scots and Gaelic come from James Robertson and Aonghas Padraig Caimbeul.
The winning writers and their stories are listed below:
Lynn Blair An Invitation
Ann Foster Ardencraig Gardens
Glenn Merrilees Arrochar
Simone Sinclair Bella's Kitchen
Frances Hider Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station
Aileen Jardine G is for Glasgow
Hannah Lavery Kellie Road
Marianne Paget Leith, 1974
Ailat Murnau little fields
Alex Nicoll Kettin's Village
Sandra Murray Strachan's Bus
Susan Anwin Talk of Armadale Trees
Alison Clark The Clyde at Rothesay Bay
Lorraine Luescher The Louisa Mine.
Jim Monaghan The United Colours of Cumnock
Kenny Pieper The Wonder of You
Phil Stephen When We Were Kings
LM Morgan Flow Country
Keith Roberts From Iona, with Answered Prayers
Val Mcilreavy Island of (South) Rona My Favourite Place
Howard Swindells Mobile Library Man
Alexander Hamilton On considering a tumbledown at Leac na Ban
Peter Ewing Rannoch Sunset
Marc Lambert, CEO Scottish Book Trust said:
“The truly personal and diverse nature of the contributions to My Favourite Place – by celebrities, writers and the public – evoke a strong and wonderful sense of this country. All the contributors have, in one way or another, answered Liz Lochhead’s famous question ‘Country: Scotland. Whit like is it? …’ Their replies, some of which are collected in this book, and some of which will be broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland during Book Week Scotland, are a fitting testament to the beauty of Scotland and what it means in the lives of the people who live here.”
Jane Fowler, Editor, Speech Programmes, BBC Scotland, said:
“The range and quality of writing has been excellent. It has been a real delight to read the entries and make the final selection.”
Ian Brown, Senior Communications Officer, RNIB said:
“We really are delighted that Scottish Book Trust will also distribute My Favourite Place in audio and e-book formats. This is a huge step to making sure that Book Week Scotland will be inclusive to everyone. A mere seven percent of books published in the UK are published in a format accessible to blind or partially sighted people, yet so many of those with sight loss find reading an absolute lifeline. Whether literature is read as words on a page, by using Braille, or listened to as an audio book, the skill and feeling conveyed in the writer's art can still be enjoyed by all.”
Jim Quinn, Regional Chair of Specsavers in Scotland (distribution partner), said:
“Specsavers has supported lifelong learning and literacy in Scotland for more than 20 years, and we’re proud to continue that tradition by supporting Book Week Scotland by distributing My Favourite Place through more than 60 of our stores across Scotland from November 26th.”