Deeside and Donside are being represented in a nation-wide competition after two local writers have had their submissions chosen to be published in a book.
The competition asked thousands of applicants to pen a story on their favourite place in Scotland.
Student Laura Morgan from Drumoak and Community Worker Simone Sinclair from Alford beat off competition from 1,000 other entries to win a place in a special book entitled ‘My Favourite Place’.
Laura’s poem about Strath Halledale in the Highlands, and Simone’s story about her Granny Bella’s kitchen in Glasgow will feature alongside stories from 22 other winners and celebrity contributors such as Michael Palin and Alexander McCall Smith.
The competition was held by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with BBC Radio Scotland, and aimed to develop a collection of heartfelt and inspiring stories, poems and songs by the people of Scotland, about the places that mean the most to them.
To celebrate the first Book Week Scotland (November 26 – December 2) 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.
A selection of stories will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland.
Marc Lambert, CEO of the Scottish Book Trust said: “The truly personal and diverse nature of the contributions to My Favourite Place 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.”
My Favourite Place 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.
Jane Fowler, the Editor of Speech Programmes for BBC Scotland, said the quality of wiritng was “excellent”: “The range and quality of writing has been excellent. It has been a real delight to read the entries and make the final selection.”