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