The Search is on for Scotland’s Favourite Places

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Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland have launched an exciting new writing project to encourage people to write about the place in Scotland that they love the most.

My Favourite Place in Scotland will run from 19th March to 31st August 2012, and in that time Scottish Book Trust wants to involve everyone in Scotland in building a written picture of Scotland’s best-loved places.

Submissions should be made to the Scottish Book Trust website and can be written in a huge variety of different forms, such as a story, poem, song lyrics, a short play or sketch, a letter or even diary entry.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:

“Exploring some of Scotland’s wilder places has meant a huge amount to me over the years. Scotland holds some of the most magnificent landscapes in the world. My own submission is about my favourite fishing spot, a magnificent sea loch on Lewis.  But equally, one might pick an urban hideaway, a famous landmark, or a favourite café or park as the place to write about, because Scotland is a country of great variety, interest and charm.

“My Favourite Place is about channeling the inspiration Scotland gives to its people into a written tribute to its treasures, both known and unknown. We are proud to give a platform to this celebration of Scotland through writing.”

Marc’s story about Loch Beinisbhal is available to read here -

Mark Stephen, presenter of BBC Radio Scotland programme Out of Doors said:

“I suppose everyone has a favourite place - somewhere that has a particularly golden memory, or somewhere forever associated with someone you love, or loved. To my mind the magic of these places is seldom about the Self, they're not about "Me-Time", quite the reverse, these are places where we can forget ourselves and just become a part, however fleetingly, of something much, much bigger.”

Each submission will feature on Scottish Book Trust’s website and a selection of the most interesting and inspiring offerings will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and published in a book in late 2012.

A host of celebrities have already written about their favourite place in Scotland – now it’s your turn! To find out how to get involved visit the Scottish Book Trust website at

Submissions can be made online at or by post to My Favourite Place, Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, Trunks Close, 55 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR.

The closing date for entries is 31st August 2012.

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

Notes to Editors:

  • 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 over 10 million 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 My Favourite Place news on Twitter – follow @sbtfaveplaces.