Today Scottish Book Trust launched Family Legends, a new reading and writing campaign, in partnership with Lottery Heritage Fund and BBC Radio Scotland. Family Legends invites you to write a true story of between 100 and 1000 words inspired by a character or event in your family history. Stories can be submitted online and will be published on the Family Legends website. A selection of the stories will be published in a book (previous projects have seen the publication of The Book That Changed My Life and Days Like This) and five will be broadcast on BBC Radio.
I’m thinking about who I’m going to write about. Apparently I had a great-great-uncle who sailed to the Antarctic (I think. May have been the other pole. I’ll need to check that out). Or my grandmother was pretty well known for her mean sense of humour: when my uncle was a small boy she pushed his face in a trifle when he leaned over to admire it. (What kind of mother does that to her own child? Or ruins a perfectly good dessert that she has made herself, for that matter? It boggles the mind.) Or I might write about the time my dad found the tip of Robinson Crusoe’s compass on the island where he was marooned (the real Robinson Crusoe that is, Alexander Selkirk. I think it would be cooler to be related to Selkirk than to the chap who found his compass tip but hey-ho, you can’t have everything).
Who is a legend in your family?