Press release: Scottish Book Trust opens search for true stories

National charity Scottish Book Trust opened submissions today to encourage the public to share their life stories. It marks the 14th year of Scottish Book Trust’s annual Your Stories campaign, which this year is partnering with EventScotland as part of the Scottish Year of Stories 2022. From those who write regularly to those who have never written before , Your Stories is open to all submissions. , regardless of writing experience.

Submissions can be made in English, Scots or Gaelic in any form – story, poem, comic, play or letter – up to 1,000 words. Each entry will appear on the Scottish Book Trust website and a selection of plays will be published in a free book distributed to libraries, community groups and schools during Scotland Book Week (14-20 November 2022) – the national celebration books and reading.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:

“The Your Stories program has always been a cornerstone of Scottish Book Trust, providing a platform for the public to share personal experiences and, for some, to be published for the very first time. By working with our partners EventScotland for the Scottish Year of Stories, we hope that many people will be encouraged to share their different experiences and shape the narrative of our country.

Alison Lang, director of the Gaelic Books Council, said:

‘Ann am Bliadhna nan Sgeul tha sinn an dòchas gum bi daoine air feadh na dùthcha deònach na sgeulachdan Gàidhlig aca fhèin innse, agus gum bi e na bhrosnachadh dhaibhsan agus do na leughadairean aca an cuid obrach fhaicinn ann an clò. Tha e na thlachd do Chomhairle nan Leabhraichean a bhith a’ toirt taic don iomairt seo a-rithist.’

“In this Year of Stories, we hope that people across the country will be willing to tell their own Gaelic stories, and that they and their readers will be inspired by seeing their work published. The Gaelic Books Council is delighted to once again support this Scottish Book Trust initiative.

Scottish Book Trust commissioned true stories from: Helen Fields, author of the DI Callanach series; Graeme Armstrong author of The young team; Gaelic filmmaker and playwright and writer Raman Mundair, Morag Ann MacNeil and Angus Peter Campbell.

Scottish Book Trust will be sharing a variety of prompts via its website and social media to help inspire those hoping to submit. Learn more about Your Stories.

The deadline for submission is Friday, June 10.

Submissions can be made online via the Scottish Book Trust website or by post to:

Your Stories, Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Notes to Editors

For media inquiries, please contact Keara Donnachie, PR and Marketing Manager at Scottish Book Trust, at [email protected](it will open in a new window) or 07956 773749.

Biographies

Fields of Helena is the author of bestselling crime novels, thrillers and historical fiction. Her DI Callanach series is set in Scotland and has twice been longlisted in the McIllvanney Scottish Crime Book of the Year. Helen’s new novel The last girl to die will be released in September. A former lawyer and film producer, her books have been translated into over 20 languages.

Raman Mundair is an Indian-born director, writer, artist, activist, filmmaker and playwright. She identifies as an Asian disabled, queer and British intersectional feminist and is based in Shetland and Glasgow. She is the award-winning author of Lovers, liars, conjurers and thieves, Cartography of a choreographer, The Algebra of Freedom (a play) and is the publisher of Coming soon: some voices from Shetland. She was awarded the Ignite Fellowship in 2021.

Graeme Armstrong hails from Airdrie and is the best-selling author The young team. His teenage years were spent in the gang culture of North Lanarkshire. He defied odds to read English at the University of Stirling where, after graduating with honors, he returned to study an MA in Creative Writing. The young team won the Scots Book O’ the Year, Betty Trask and Somerset Maugham awards. In 2021, Graeme presented Scotland: Ravea documentary screened by the BBC that explores Scottish rave and PCDJ culture.

Morag Ann MacNeil is originally from the Isle of Harris and now lives on the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Mòrag Ann studied English Literature and Celtic Studies at the University of Glasgow and taught Gaelic for 26 years. She received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust and the Gaelic Books Council in 2015 and now writes full time. His children’s novels Granaidh Afraga and Eiginn Ùisdeinwere shortlisted for the Donald Meek Prize in 2016 and 2017 respectively, Eiginn Ùisdein winning third prize that year. In 2018, Artair in Chaisteal won the Chrisella Ross Memorial Prize for children’s fiction.

Angus Peter Campbell was born near South Boisdale on the Hebridean island of South Uist. He returned to South Uist after university, before starting to work as a journalist for the West Highland Free Press, then at the BBC and Grampian TV. He continues to write and present for television and radio. He also appears in the Gaelic feature film Seachd: the inaccessible summit, in a role for which he was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA award. Angus Peter Campbell has written three Gaelic children’s novels, for the Stòrlann Gaelic Education Service; two books of English poetry, three adult Gaelic novels and invisible islands, his first novel in English. His latest novel, An Tilleadh Dhachaighwas released in 2009.

Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity which believes that everyone living in Scotland should have equal access to books. Our work provides opportunities to improve life chances through books and the fundamental skills of reading and writing. Access to books and the love of books bring many important benefits for family bonds and the advancement of children’s learning, for unleashing creativity, aiding employability, and improving mental health and well-being. . Scottish Book Trust aims to support all communities across Scotland, with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable and under-represented.

Our programs and outreach work include:

  • Giving books to every child in Scotland to ensure families from all walks of life can share the joy of books at home, thanks to Bookbug and Read Write Count
  • Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events such as Authors Live with the BBC and our Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour
  • Supporting and nurturing Scotland’s many literary talents, both emerging and established through our training, awards and writing opportunities, including the New Writers Awards
  • Create events to share books and connect writers to communities, including Scotland Book Week
  • Providing support to people with dementia and their carers, through Reading is Caring

In addition to the funding we receive from the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, we need continued support from trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors.

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The Gaelic Books Council

Comhairle nan Leabhraichean (The Council for Gaelic Books) is the main organization responsible for Gaelic writing and publishing, and for improving the visibility and reach of Scottish Gaelic books in Scotland and around the world. Established in 1968, Comhairle nan Leabhraichean is a registered charity and receives funding from Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig to support its grants, professional training and events programme.

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