We hope that you have all had a Happy Christmas. We did and we are looking forward to Hogmanay in a couple of days. Inspector Torquil McKinnon has been tuning up his bagpipes in readiness and the Padre has been trying to get his golf game in order for the St Ninian’s New Year’s day Open Championship.

Meanwhile, we at the Chronicle have been thinking as well contemplating about  the meaning of Christmas. We know that there are oodles of writers out there who are afflicted with that well known medical condition of ‘Cacoethes scribendi’ (compulsive writing) so we have decided to hold the inaugural West Uist Chronicle Flash Fiction competition early in the New Year. It will be open to all-comers, not just residents of West Uist.

I have asked Keith to sort out the details, since he has some experience as a Flash Fictioneer, having won a couple of  prizes (including the 2006 Fish Historical Open Page Prize). He is still a bit dazed after the the successful performance of his play, so maybe this will get his feet back on the ground! It would be good to get some work out of him at any rate.

Anyway, the format will be finalised over Hogmanay and we will publish the details here once 2011 has begun. If you use Twitter, then if you follow Keith, he’ll be putting an anouncement out as soon as we are ready to kick off. Just click on the link here and follow him.!/KeithSouter

That’s all for me for now. And if I don’t get round to posting again, on behalf of everyone here at The West Uist Chronicle – have a Happy New Year.

Calum Steele

Author: keithmorayauthor

Part time doctor, medical journalist and crime writer. Author of the Inspector McKinnon Mysteries and the Sandal Castle Medieval Thrillers

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