What makes Scotland’s culture vivid and important? Today – and in the future?

A brand new publication of creative writing inspired by the archives of The Saltire Society was launched at a special event at the Society’s Headquarters last month. Released as part of the long-running Saltire pamphlet series, Meeting Places: A Gathering to Celebrate 85 Years of the Saltire Society brings together writers from unexpected places, old and new to spark fresh thinking, ignite debate and challenge our ideas of what Scotland is and where we are going.

The publication was edited by Ellie Julings, a University Alum and includes a host of Dundee students and Alumni. Ellie says “Meeting Places is a celebration, but it is also a reminder to do away with tired stereotypes about Scotland’s creative output and listen to its people. The stories, poems and creative essays in this collection are at turns moving, funny, thought-provoking and beautiful.”

Watch this video which explains the project and includes some readings.

Meeting Places grew out of a number of creative writing workshops, including: Students of Lochaber High School in Fort William; Dundee International Women’s Centre; Hot Chocolate Youth Centre; University of Dundee and a special event for Book Week Scotland focusing specifically on queer voices. Accordingly, the pamphlet is a vibrant snapshot of creative thought from across generations and communities in Scotland. The pamphlet is introduced by Clare Hunter, author of Sunday Times bestseller ‘Threads of Life’.

The Saltire Society seeks to encourage everything that might improve the quality of life in Scotland. It works to preserve all that is best in Scottish traditions and to encourage new developments which can strengthen and enrich the country’s cultural life. It acts as a catalyst, celebrant and commentator through an annual programme of awards, lectures, debates and projects. Founded in 1936 is a non-political independent charity with membership branches throughout Scotland. Membership of the Saltire Society is open to all individuals and organisations who support the aims of the Society.


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