Every now and again I turn my hand to writing fiction. It’s something I thoroughly enjoy, even if I have never written a bestseller.
Over the years I have been inspired and influenced by a varied group of writers; George Orwell, Andrea Levy, Elmore Leonard, Alice Sebold, Douglas Adams. I could go on, but this post would simply turn into a long list.
I’m hoping that my own children will enjoy reading and writing fiction as much as I do. Thankfully the signs are good. My eldest daughter loves making up her own stories and I think this photo of my youngest and I speaks volumes.
With all this in mind, I was delighted to hear of a competition that’s being run by financial mutual the Scottish Friendly Society in conjunction with the Scottish Book Trust (regular readers of this blog will know I have extensive links with Scotland and am a frequent visitor). Anyone can enter and the prize is £50 of age-appropriate children’s books, plus a copy of Goldstrike, written by well-known children’s author Matt Whyman.
Taking part is very easy. All you have to do is visit this web page and do four very simple things:
- Watch the short video
- Answer the incredibly easy question
- Like the Scottish Friendly Society’s Facebook page and finally
- Post your answer on the Scottish Friendly’s Society’s Facebook page.
If you wish to take part, the deadline for entries is Monday, 26 May (extended from 19 May).
So what exactly does the Scottish Book Trust do? It promotes reading to the general population north of Hadrian’s Wall and also works with writers, both that at the beginning of their careers and established scribes, to help them develop their skills.
Very best of luck to everyone that enters!
Disclosure: This blog post is a collaboration between Dadbloguk and the Scottish Friendly Society.