Celebrating Nourish During Book Week Scotland

Nourish cover on a smartphone
Category: Reading

Every year, Scottish Book Trust asks members of the public to submit pieces of personal writing on a particular theme. This year’s theme was Nourish and we received over 400 submissions from individuals across Scotland who told us all about what Nourish means to them. It’s always really exciting for us to work on this part of Book Week Scotland, and it was fantastic to get such a positive response to the project.

With so many wonderful submissions, it was incredibly tough to get down to the 39 pieces that would make up the eBook. We were very lucky to have help from the Scottish Poetry Library and Gaelic Books Council to whittle down all the pieces and decide on the final list of entries. 

And we’re delighted that the eBook is now available to download from our website, just click here and follow the steps to download.

eBook and Audiobook

Every year we work with our partners at RNIB Scotland to produce an audiobook of the all the individual submissions to the campaign. This year RNIB Scotland had the great idea of having all the authors record their pieces themselves. We’re really excited that people will be able to hear each piece from the person that created it. Click here to listen to the pieces individually or download the entire audiobook.

Lynn Blair Recording at RNIB Studios
We were also able to organise a group recording session at RNIB Connect Studios in Glasgow for authors in and around the area. Robert Kirkwood and his team from RNIB gave the authors a quick tour of the building and passed on their expertise before the authors made their way to the recording booths. Everyone was really enthusiastic to read their piece and we were impressed by how quickly they got the knack of recording.

Celebration Event 

Earlier this month we held an event to celebrate the people who will be included in this year’s eBook. Meeting all the participants, finding out what inspired them to write their pieces and seeing how much being included in the eBook means to them was hugely rewarding for everyone at Scottish Book Trust, and we really enjoyed the night. A few of the authors kindly agreed to read their pieces to the rest of the group: Kevin Addies entertained us with his piece on the pitfalls of al fresco dining in Scotland; Eleanor Fordyce vented her onion anger; and Ginny Clark took us on a foraging trip around the streets of Glasgow.

Ginny Clark Reading at Celebration Event
Stimulating a dialogue about Scottish culture, the traditions that have survived for generations and the memories that are so important to individuals and their families has been massively rewarding for us and we want to thank everyone that took the time to write something for Nourish this year. We hope everyone will pick up their pen or tap on their keyboard for next year’s project and give us some more great stories to read!

If you’d like to find out more about Nourish you can search through all the submissions here.

Or why not find yourself a new book for Book Week Scotland with our Foodie Book Lists

Photo credit: Chris Scott

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