Scottish Book Trust produce a delightful anthology of stories each autumn, selected from submissions from across Scotland. Its theme this year is Secrets and Confessions and the book will be launched during Book Week Scotland, 21-27 November. The little anthology is usually packed with stories and poems of all shapes and genres.
Many of us are on tenterhooks because Scottish Book Trust is announcing the stories that have been selected in early September.
Rosalind Newton has submitted a poignant romance about her grandmother and a special portrait of her (pictured left) during the First World War.
Another writer friend of mine, Lucy Taylor, has chosen her father as the topic in an emotional roller-coaster of a story. By coincidence I myself have put in a piece about my own father during his war service in Italy in 1944.
The Secrets and Confessions theme this year has certainly drawn out some heart-rending pieces.
Whether our stories are selected for publication or not they remain on the Scottish Book Trust web site for everyone to enjoy. Fingers crossed!