Isle of Lewis young writing talent

A new book has been released featuring a collection of 366 fascinating and quirky stories about the history and people of Scotland.

My Scotland covers a wide range of topics with an impish sense of humour, and includes 12 fantastic winning entries from the My Scotland Young Writers competition.

Children aged 8-12 from schools across Scotland were invited to write a short piece about any aspect of their country that sparked their inspiration. Hundreds of entries of an extremely high standard were submitted, dealing with every aspect of Scottish culture and history from the heroism of William Wallace to the landscape of the lochs.

But there could only be twelve winners. One of those winners is Elizabeth Mackenzie from Lionel School.

At a presentation ceremony at WHSmiths in Glasgow, Elizabeth met the authors and received a copy of the book along with her winners’ certificate.

Author David Simpson said: “Our goal was to inspire young people to show what Scotland means to them and the volume and standard of their response has been incredibly impressive.”

My Scotland is priced at £12.99 and is available from Scottish branches of Waterstones and WHSmith, or online at