Family Legends

This page is dedicated to the Scottish Book Trust project I took part in as community ambassador for the Inverness region, Highlands, Scotland.


Diary: 09 July 2011

Family Legends is part of the Inverness Book Festival programme, something I administrate at Eden Court every year. I am very pleased to see it featured in the festival. On Saturday 13th August at 6.30pm, Willie Robertson, who led free public writing workshops will be present along with some of the contributors who will look at their family legends and talk about their involvement in the project.

Diary: 18 June 2011

I have a copy of the book.


Everyone has a relative whose stories are passed on from one generation to the next -a legend in their own right. They might be a great uncle renowned for their bravery or skill or a granny notorious for her adventures and scrapes…..

So we set out to capture the tales that make up our collective heritage. We asked members of the public to send us their family stories and the response was overwhelming. Over 700 people shared their legends on our website or sent them by post.

Although only a small selection of the stories is presented here, we hope that this book will give you a taste of the diversity of Scottish culture…..

Mark Lambert CEO -Scottish Book Trust

Thank you to Claire for sending me some sweeties and a lovely thank you card. The book is a great piece of community work -a lovely reflection of Scotland’s history through people’s real life stories about their legendary family members. From authors involved in the project, to community ambassadors and lots of people, this collection is an endearing set of  tales. My favourite sections are Great Grandparents, War Stories, Larger than Life and Childhood Legends – there’s more to feast on including one or two famous legends as well.

I really enjoyed being involved – it’s one of the best community programmes I have taken part in, and feel very honoured to have had the opportunity to listen to people’s stories and to have worked with the Scottish Book Trust.

Thank you Claire and Helen and everyone else. X

Diary: 29 March 2011

Yesterday I was at Drum library collecting more stories from local folk. It was a busy morning in Drum; Shinty, sponsored walk, meditation class and a very busy library. A lady called Ada sat with me for most of the morning talking about her family history and the research she had done. She said I was to talk to D.P – our local plumber about people as he knew so much. Her story was about her father, who had fought in Burma during the war. Our councillor Margaret Davidson came by, and she told me about a special lady in the Highlands. The librarian Christine said I was to go talk to her father who was 90 years old and lived over in Cromarty. Someone who was related to George Bain said they had a story to tell as well. I was also told about a family goat too, his tale is in JAGGWorld:

I’ve reminded nanoers to get  their stories in -not long left to go.

Diary: 11 March 2011

Time is flying by now and not long to the deadline date either! I managed to collect a few stories at IWD on 5th March in Inverness and have a coffee morning at Drum library on 19th March.

In the meantime here is my family legend:

Diary: 12 February 2011

After a day at SBT off the High Street in Edinburgh, on 24th January, I came home and thought about my plans for the programme with just two months left.

Last night, Friday 11th February, I went along to Inverness Book Club  in Clachnaharry, a small hamlet tucked in between a busy road and the start of the Caledonian Canal. Sarah told me it had three streets: High, Mid and Low – we were going to Mid, to Sine’s house.

After a warm welcome, drink and discussion about the set book, we began to talk about families. An interesting conversation ensued about backgrounds – did people present have Spanish genes from the Armada days, African genes from the era of slavery  – a Roma heritage perhaps? An eclectic heritage sat in the room and stories unfolded about lemonade, vegetables, cattle, witches and buttons. Teresa decided she would write her story. I have five videos of Family Legends from 1 night -it’s getting busy!

Have been appointed community ambassador for Inverness area for this project:

Will be starting January 2011. I’ll blog about it here, all stories will be posted on the Scottish Book Trust website

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