Celebrity Stories

Everyone has something that is special to them, even famous authors and celebrities! Check out the stories below to read about Richard Holloway’s treasured painting, Mairi Hedderwick's stuffed bear and many more. 






Carole E. and John Barrowman

 John and Carole E Barrowman: Uncle Moses's Boots

The objects that a family steeped in stories treasures most


Richard Holloway

Richard Holloway: Garden of Birds

A precious painting takes pride of place in the Holloway family

Catriona Lexy Campbell

Catriona Lexy Campbell: Small Tin Brooch

A simple little object inspires a beautiful story from the Gaelic writer

Fiona Hyslop

Fiona Hyslop: First Shoe, First Step

The Cabinet Secretary for Cultural and External Affairs prizes her daughter's very first pair of shoes

Beatrice Colin: Grafonola

A Columbia Grafonola from the 1920s inspires fond memories of a tough great aunt

Hardeep Singh Kohli

Hardeep Singh Kohli: World Service

A painting that provokes myriad emotions

Des Dillon

Des Dillon: With This Ring I Thee Wed

A surprisingly poignant poetic reflection on marriage and identity from the writer best-known for his humour

Denise Mina

Denise Mina: Winnie's Tea Caddy

A simple tea caddy briefly bridges a family gulf

Mairi Hedderwick

Mairi Hedderwick: Treasured Ted

An unloved teddy bear worms his way into the author's heart

Ewan Morrison - photo by Chris Scott

Ewan Morrison: Smells Like Bat Table

A unique table and a rejection of conformity

Top photo of Denise Mina: RobMcDougall.com Photo of Ewan Morrison: Chris Scott