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Renfrewshire writers feature in Nourish Book

Scottish Book Trust’s annual campaign to get Scotland writing



Every year for Book Week Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, releases a book of stories around a theme. As part an annual campaign to get Scotland writing, the public were asked to write pieces on ‘nourish’ and what it means to them. Hundreds of wonderful stories from across Scotland were submitted, and can be viewed here.


32 submissions will be collected in the Nourish book, selected by Scottish Book Trust, Gaelic Books Council and Scottish Poetry Library. Famous names such as Mary Contini, bestselling author of Italian life and cooking, and Dave Myers of The Hairy Bikers, are also included. The book will be downloadable for Book Week Scotland, which runs from 27 November to 3 December. There will also be an e-version available from library lending services, and an audiobook available from Scottish Book Trust’s Soundcloud.


Stories from Renfrewshire writers included are:


·         Eun na Nollaige/ The Christmas Bird by Morag Law

·         Steering the Parritch by Elaine Loch


Morag Law said: “My story brings my personal experience of a vanished way of life to a new generation of readers in both Gaelic and in English. I’m delighted to be included in the Nourish anthology as part of Scottish Book Week and, especially, to be part of The Scottish Book Trust’s ongoing commitment to Gaelic writing.”

Elaine Loch said: “My short story honours my hero, my granda McMeekan who returned from World War 1 with shrapnel stuck in his throat. His two surviving daughters, both now in their 90’s were as excited as me that this wee story was chosen for an audio book!”


Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “We were delighted by the number of submissions this year for our Book Week Scotland book. Nourish demonstrates the diverse and colourful cooking culture that Scotland has, passed down the generations through recipes and tradition. These stories celebrate the joy of cooking and sharing food with others.”