A Leven resident has had his writing talents recognised in a national competition - and his story will now be included in a brand new book.
John McCutcheon (71) beat off competition from over 500 other entries to win a place in a special book entitled ‘Scotland’s Stories of Home’.
His short story ‘No Way Am I Going’ features alongside entries from 33 other winners and author contributors such as Vic Galloway, Kirsty Logan and Beatrice Colin.
His story recalls his experience of a family move from Doncaster to Kennoway in 1952, when he was nine years old, after his dad got a job there.
His opening lines: “I’ll run away!” I threatened. I had already protested that “I don’t want to go to Scotland! I’m never going to Scotland!”, but my cries had been in vain,” show just how much he didn’t want to move to the Fife town - but now it’s won him a place next to dozens of other talented writers, all picked by the Scottish Book Trust which ran the competition.
John, who has been writing short stories and poetry for a number of years, and recently started a writing group which meets at Buckhaven Community Centre on Tuesday afternoons, said: “When I first heard about the book I began thinking about how many places I have called ‘Home’.
“The answer was a largish number. But Kennoway is only a short trip from my current home. I went back to scenes of childhood and tried to see things as I first saw them and the culture shock I felt. I hope this is reflected in the story.”
To celebrate the third year of Book Week Scotland, from November 24-30, more than 150,000 free copies of ‘Scotland’s Stories of Home’ will be gifted to people throughout the week and distributed in local bookshops, public libraries, prisons, hospitals, visitor information centres, ferry terminals and train stations.
Sophie Moxon, acting director of Scottish Book Trust said: “Scotland’s Stories of Home has given people of all ages living in Scotland a chance to express in writing what ‘home’ means to them.
“We received hundreds of submissions from members of the public, sharing beautifully unique stories of home as a place and a concept and are delighted to be able to give away 150,000 free copies of this wonderful book for Book Week Scotland 2014.”
You can read John’s story in full at the following website address: www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading/stories-of-home/story/no-way-am-i-going.