Winners and scenes from the 2018 Story Awards at the Scottish Arts Club

 WINNER Mara Buck from Maine, USA, won the 2018 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition with her fabulous story ‘Trophy’, chosen by our chief judge, Alexander McCall Smith.  Read Trophy’ here

WINNER Mara Buck from Maine, USA, won the 2018 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition with her fabulous story ‘Trophy’, chosen by our chief judge, Alexander McCall Smith. Read Trophy’ here

 Since Mara was unable to attend the awards night, Glenys McLaren received the trophy and £1000 cheque on her behalf from John McLeod CBE

Since Mara was unable to attend the awards night, Glenys McLaren received the trophy and £1000 cheque on her behalf from John McLeod CBE

COMMENDATIONS for their short stories were awarded to Mary Fitzpatrick for ‘Murdo’s Journey’ and Michael Callaghan for ‘The Poppy Season’.

 WINNER Christina Eagles won the 2018 Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award with her beautiful story ‘Full Circle’  Read it here

WINNER Christina Eagles won the 2018 Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award with her beautiful story ‘Full Circle’ Read it here

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 Christina read/performed her story ‘Full Circle’ and received her trophy and £500 award from Edinburgh International Flash Fiction judge  Sandra Ireland .

Christina read/performed her story ‘Full Circle’ and received her trophy and £500 award from Edinburgh International Flash Fiction judge Sandra Ireland.

 WINNER Mary Fitzpatrick won the 2018 Isobel Lodge Award with her brilliant story ‘Murdo’s Journey’  Read it here

WINNER Mary Fitzpatrick won the 2018 Isobel Lodge Award with her brilliant story ‘Murdo’s Journey’ Read it here

 Mary received her £500 cheque and trophy from Scottish Arts Club President, Marilyn Jeffcoat

Mary received her £500 cheque and trophy from Scottish Arts Club President, Marilyn Jeffcoat

COMMENDATIONS in the Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Awards were given to Debbie Taggio for her story ‘Same Skin, Different Body’ and Claire Fuller for her story ‘Daffodils with apples’. Read them here.

More scenes from the 2018 Scottish arts club story awards night

 George McGilvray Wilson reads from Isobel Lodge’s book, ‘ Rosalka: The Silkie Woman and other stories, plays and poet ry’ which was launched during the story awards night. Buy the  book  in print or  kindle  editions. All proceeds support the annual Isobel Lodge Award for unpublished writers, born, living or studying in Scotland.

George McGilvray Wilson reads from Isobel Lodge’s book, ‘Rosalka: The Silkie Woman and other stories, plays and poetry’ which was launched during the story awards night. Buy the book in print or kindle editions. All proceeds support the annual Isobel Lodge Award for unpublished writers, born, living or studying in Scotland.

 Tom Drake reminds us why we all loved ‘A story the span of your brow’ by finalist Kirsti Wishart.  Read it here

Tom Drake reminds us why we all loved ‘A story the span of your brow’ by finalist Kirsti Wishart. Read it here

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 Glenys McLaren talks about Mara Buck’s story ‘ Trophy ’

Glenys McLaren talks about Mara Buck’s story ‘Trophy

 Great dinner with intense debate over the stories and a lot of laughter!

Great dinner with intense debate over the stories and a lot of laughter!

 Debbie Hayes reminds us why we loved ‘ The Poppy Season ” by Michael Callaghan

Debbie Hayes reminds us why we loved ‘The Poppy Season” by Michael Callaghan

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Rosalka: The Silkie Woman and other stories, plays and poetry

Isobel Lodge’s collection of short stories, plays and poetry now on sale in print (£5) and Kindle (£2.50) editions. All proceeds support the Isobel Lodge Award, an annual £500 prize for the top short story by an unpublished writer born, living or studying in Scotland.

Isobel Lodge spins imaginative, timeless tales rooted in the the wilds of northern Scotland where she grew up... "She came from a seascape: Salt-kissed; surrounded by grey fragments of ancient rock; a forgotten place. The people were tough in that village, like the stalks of the heather on the hill. When you walk among the plants, they spring back at you, whipping your ankles. She woke to the hissing and howling of the wind and the forlorn cries of the sea-birds and she was rocked to sleep by the wind’s hum and thrum, the drone and fall and the slap, slap, slapping of the waves."

 Marilyn Jeffcoat gets her surprise Flash Fiction Member’s Award

Marilyn Jeffcoat gets her surprise Flash Fiction Member’s Award

Marilyn Jeffcoat won the Flash Fiction Member’s Award for her story Madeline from Macclesfield. Here it is!

Madeline from Macclesfield

It was in the book I picked up from the train seat.  A carefully folded sheet of blue notepaper, and, in an educated hand, these words:

Dearest Freddie

There is No Future

I Can’t Go On

Madeleine

What despair lay behind those words: the staccato style and the capital letters.  I had to find Madeleine. Should I put an advert on Gumtree or in the Metro?

Then another thought struck me.  A young person would have sent a text, and the notepaper was old- fashioned these days.  Someone like that wouldn’t look at Gumtree or read the Metro.   I had boarded the train in Macclesfield. There can’t be that many Madeleines in Macclesfield.  Perhaps a classified ad in the local newspaper would be better.  Or a radio appeal.  

Who was Freddie? Perhaps it was a girl. Frederica. It was more the sort of note a woman would write to a friend. A lot left unsaid, but the meaning clear to someone close. Why did she leave the note in the book? She must have meant to post it, or deliver it when she got off the train. Clearly she had left the book behind in her distress.

A voice announced the train was terminating – I collected together my bags and, for the first time, saw the back cover of the book.   It contained a list of titles by the same author:

Dearest Freddie

There is No Future

I Can’t Go On

Madeleine

 

BUY ‘Rosalka: The Silkie Woman and other stories, plays and poetry’ by Isobel Lodge (Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust, 2018) available in print or kindle editions.