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Ruther­glen writer Dorothy Con­nor has been singing the praises of the lo­cal towns­folk in a let­ter to be pub­lished in the book Dear­est Scot­land.

Af­ter last year’s Ref­er­en­dum, a non­po­lit­i­cal group of writ­ers be­gan to dis­cuss what Scot­land might look like in the fu­ture, what we ac­tu­ally think about our na­tion, and what might our land­scape, ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and high streets look like in five, 10 and 20 years’ time.

The apo­lit­i­cal cam­paign fo­cused on crowd­sourc­ing fu­ture vi­sions for Scot­land for a com­mon good, and cre­ated Dear­est Scot­land as a place where letters to the fu­ture of the coun­try are col­lected, pub­lished and shared with the world, giv­ing a plat­form to cit­i­zens’ voices from all over Scot­land.

The pub­li­ca­tion is due to be launched at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment in the au­tumn.

Dorothy said: “There are al­most 500 letters in­cluded from Scots both at home and all over the world and I am so proud, if a bit sur­prised, that mine is the only one from Ruther­glen, my lovely home town.

“Dear­est Scot­land is a let­ter writ­ing pro­ject or­gan­ised by Cat Cochrane, a jour­nal­ism stu­dent at Glas­gow Clyde Col­lege. She re­cently won the Mul­ti­me­dia Story of the Year Award sup­ported by the Daily Record and Sun­day Mail and spon­sored by the Na­tional Union of Jour­nal­ists.

“Mem­bers of the public were in­vited to sub­mit letters to Scot­land ex­press­ing their feel­ings, hopes, fears and dreams for the coun­try to pro­vide a snap­shot of peo­ple’s views dur­ing 2014.

“All the letters will be on dis­play at Holy­rood in the week be­gin­ning Oc­to­ber 5 when the book will be of­fi­cially launched and MSPs will be able to see letters writ­ten by their con­stituents as they pass through the mem­bers lobby.

“All the things I have writ­ten about in my let­ter are what ac­tu­ally hap­pened to me in this town.”

Booked up A proof cover to the new book, Dear­est Scot­land, due to be pub­lished in Oc­to­ber

Write on Ruther­glen writer Dorothy Con­nor has con­trib­uted to the new book Dear­est Scot­land

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