A new book is as good as its word in blending the special creative talents of a bunch of local people with their desire to help the community.
Members of the Glenrothes Creative Writing Group proudly celebrated the launch last week of a collection of poems and short stories, spiced with the art work of local school children, in a 42-page anthology.
The writing was contributed by the group members and around half the proceeds from sales will be going towards CH@T – Community Help @ Tanshall.
It is a voluntary committee which hopes to create a clean, safe and healthy environment for Tanshall residents – while the writing group holds its regular Wednesday meetings in the CH@T room at Tanshall Primary School.
Contributions came in approximately equal measures from the group members, while the front cover features one of Glenrothes’ best known pieces of public art – the Ex Terra sculpture at the town’s bus station.
It was chosen because its symbolism of growth in the town chimed in well with the growth of creative output by local people.
The group was formed around six years ago and the members listen and encourage each other with their ideas, which cover a range of poetic themes and styles.
The book, printed by Trojan Press and financed by Brand-Rex in Glenrothes, is available for sale at the Glenrothes and Area Heritage Centre in the Kingdom Centre, and also was on display at W. H. Smith.
Some Tanshall pupils contributed drawings to illustrate stories on particular themes, such as Halloween or Christmas, following a number of storytelling sessions which helped inspire them.
The opening poem in the collection celebrates Glenrothes’ distinctive road layout, entitled ‘Roundabout City’.
Member Mary McOuat said the group members were already thinking about a second volume, which they hoped to fill with some new original compositions.
She added the lauch had gone very well and the authors were “surprised” and very pleased with the book’s reception so far.
Light refreshments were served and various groups who had helped with the publication were thanked, while member Pat Hamilton, who edited the collection, received a bouquet of flowers.
Publication was very much a group effort
Last week’s launch, on the eve of World Book Day, included various people who helped with the publication.
The group members are Terri Turpie, Mary McOuat, Betty Telford, Pat Hamilton, Jim Peace and Robert Freeman.
Representing CH@T was Julie Howieson, plus Tanshall head teacher Elaine Davidson OBE and assistant head Shirley English.
From Brand-Rex came Lisa McShane and Fiona Cockburn, while the pupils were Dei Louise Kerr, Brandon Lee Clarke, Aiden McGurk, Shaun Webster, Mhairi Morrison, Jenna Sherrett and Katie Burnett.