A Place to be Inspired
This week saw the launch of My Favourite Place in Scotland, a joint project between Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland which encourages people to write about the place in Scotland that they love the most.
The entries are already flooding in, with people keen to share their memories of a place which has meant a lot to them, provided them with inspiration or even shaped their lives. A contribution from Heather Collins, Children's Programme Coordinator at Scottish Book Trust, is a particularly good example of the impact that a specific location can have on someone's life, even if they have never actually been there.
Heather and her family have been huge fans of the 1983 comedy-drama film Local Hero for many years, with a catch-phrase from the film - keep your eyes peeled MacIntyre - even becoming part of their family tradition. The film is set in the small Aberdeenshire village of Pennan, and Heather's My Favourite Place story is based on a visit that she made there in 2010 as part of the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour.
The first of her family to visit Pennan, Heather was overjoyed to finally set eyes on the place that had brought so much laughter to the Collins household over the years. Her first action was to call her dad from the famous red phone box which was originally added to the village as a film prop. When filming ended it was removed, but there was such an outcry that it was later replaced in a slightly different location, by the harbour wall, which is where Heather found it. In the film, it is used by Peter Riegert, who phones home to report on the 'acquisition of Scotland'.
And it seems that the Collins family are not alone in their love of Pennan - in 2005 the little village topped a poll for the best film location in Britain, with die-hard Local Hero fans making regular pilgrimages to the area. According to www.nothingtoseehere.net, 'the film and the village are so inextricably linked that you can almost hear Mark Knopfler’s famous theme ‘Going Home’ as you approach.'
If Heather's story has reminded you of a place in Scotland that means a lot to you or to your family, put pen to paper and let us know about the place that you love best.
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.