Since 2015, I have organised and judged the Hugh Miller Writing Competition, a national competition inviting prose (fiction and non-fiction) and poetry entries inspired by Scotland’s landscapes and incredible geoheritage. The competition is run in partnership with the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and the Friends of Hugh Miller. It has proved very popular, and led to the publication of a volume of prose and poetry celebrating Miller’s legacy in 2019 called Conversations in Stone. We also held a very successful reading event at Scotland’s International Poetry Festival StAnza (http://www.stanzapoetry.org/) in 2017.
Full details of the current competition (closing March 2020): http://www.scottishgeology.com/hughmiller/
To find out more about Conversations in Stone; a Celebration of Hugh Miller’s Legacy, edited by Larissa Reid and Elsa Panciroli, click here: https://www.edinburghgeolsoc.org/publications/geological-excursion-guides/#conversations-in-stone
The 51 Best Places to See Scotland’s Geology project
In 2017, I worked as the editor for the Scottish Geodiversity Forum’s ’51 Best Places to See Scotland’s Geology’ project. This was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of Scotland’s year of History Heritage and Archaeology 2017. Our aim was to help the general public find out more about Scotland’s geological heritage, and guide people to the best places to see different elements of the story laid out in our country’s beautiful landscapes. A group of experts wrote text for the website, with interesting and approachable descriptions for every one of the 51 Best Places chosen by the Forum panel.
For more details, visit: http://www.scottishgeology.com/best-places/