Toon-born writer wins national writing award

Alistair Lawrie, pictured with his award certificate.
Alistair Lawrie, pictured with his award certificate.

A Peterhead-born author has won The William Soutar Prize 2016 for one of his short stories.

Alistair Lawrie, a retired teacher, won the national writing award for his story titled “Delivery”.

The presentation took place at a ceremony at the AK Bell Library in Perth where Mr Lawrie was among seven writers who were shortlisted for the prize and who read their stories to an audience before the announcement of the winner.

Judging the competition was best selling crime novelist Alex Gray who spoke of her experience of becoming a writer before announcing the result.

Mr Lawrie’s story, “Delivery”, is based on a confrontation between the Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse and the formidable Sub Postmistress, Mrs Bruce.

The prize, which is promoted by Culture Perth And Kinross, commemorates the achievement of William Soutar the poet and diarist, who helped revive writing in Scots in the early 20th century and who was born in Perth.

Mr Lawrie has lived in Stonehaven for over 30 years but was born and grew up in Peterhead.

He works with the vigorous local writers collective, Mearns Writers, leading creative writing sessions twice weekly in Stonehaven and Inverbervie.

He has published work in their anthologies and this year has had poetry published in the poetry magazines.