The Search is on for Scotland’s Home Truths

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Scottish Book Trust has launched an exciting new writing project to encourage people across Scotland to write about what home means to them, with a selection of submissions to be published in a book that will be distributed across the country during Book Week Scotland 2014.

Scotland’s Stories of Home will run from 23 March – 30 June, and in that time Scottish Book Trust wants to build a written picture of what Scotland means to the people who live here. Is it your house, your home town, your home team or your homeland? Is it your family, your friends or your community?  Is it a smell, a taste, a sound or a sensation?

People from all across Scotland are invited to write real-life stories and poems about their personal experience of home, of no longer than 1000 words. They can be written in a variety of different forms, such as a story, poem, song lyrics, a short play or sketch, a letter or even diary entry, and should be submitted via the Scottish Book Trust website. People can also comment on each others’ stories and discuss what home means to them through the comments section of the website.

Marc Lambert, Director of Scottish Book Trust, said:

“People find peace and security in many different kinds of spaces and places. The people who call Scotland home know that it is a place of great variety, interest, charm and inspiration, but what exactly in this ‘stern and wild’ land makes them feel they are at home and why? To me, the indispensible ingredient for creating that feeling of home is some connection that goes beyond the present to connect us to a history and a landscape which we actively feel part of, and which therefore has become a part of us. ”

School pupils and their teachers are also invited to submit their stories of home, with a selection of pupils’ stories, chosen by a panel of young people, to be published in a free e-publication available to download during Book Week Scotland 2014.

Submissions can be made online at

The closing date for entries is 30 June 2014.

For all Press queries, please contact Helen Croney, PR and Marketing Coordinator: - 0131 524 0175 – 07751 69 58 54

Notes to Editors:

  • Entries should be under 1000 words. Entries in Gaelic and Scots are welcomed. Stories can be entered via Scottish Book Trust’s website until 30 June
  • Scottish Book Trust is the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. It develops innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read and write, supports professional writers with a range of projects including skills development and awards, funds a variety of literature events and promotes Scottish writing to millions of people worldwide.
  • If you wish to reprint stories or set up interviews with any of the contributors,  please contact Helen Croney at Scottish Book Trust: / 0131 524 0175
  • Keep up with the latest Scotland’s Stories of Home news on Twitter – follow @scottishbktrust.