Travel to the Nation’s Favourite Places during Book Week Scotland

My Favourite Place - book cover
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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 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

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.”


Pauline Kelly

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