Guest Adjudicator Simon Salento could not make it along from Edinburgh but that just meant we had the special treat of Colette’s dulcet tones reading out his comments on the thirteen entries. The subject matter ranged from such recognised icons as ‘Clyde River Steamers’ and ‘The Scottish Ceilidh’ to less well known subjects like ‘Scottis Doggis’ (my favourite) and ‘ The Auchenshuggle Bus’. Well I’d certainly never heard of the last one. Simon did raise some existential questions that provoked some discussion as to what do we mean by the term ‘Scottish Icon’ and what an audience might expect from such a thing. Ho Hum, food for thought for our proposed book.

The winners (of course everyone’s a winner really) were:

1st Place………….: Dave Watson (The Inverkip Witches)

2nd Place…………: Margaret Grant (Lunderston Bay Coastal Walk)

3rd Place…………: Anne Pettigrew (The Waverley)

Honourable Mention: Isobel Watt (Bridging the Forth)

After tea there was time for a writing exercise based around the sentence ‘I did it last week’. Some took it more seriously than others, resulting in some poignant tales mixed in with some nice dialect pieces of work. Though John McLean did end up getting legless, in the literary sense.

We also had a further discussion regarding the club producing a book of Scottish Icon stories/articles/poems. Even if you have done one for the competition why not have a go at another. Remember there are no constraints on these. They can be fiction or non fiction, poetry or short story and up to 3000 words in length (40 lines for a poem). If you have any (including the recent competition entries) please email them to the following address calzacgwc@gmail.com . We will see how much material we have accumulated by the end of November.

Ho Hum Onwards and Upwards.

Below is Dave receiving his trophy for the Scottish icon competition.