This month, Words With… talks to mum, landlady and writer, Sandy Bennett-Haber, who is one of the judges in our Happy Ever After? short story competition. We catch up with her at home in Edinburgh…What’s your connection to the Lothians? I am an Australian. I came to Edinburgh with a backpack in 2011 with no particular intention of doing more than seeing the sights. Then I met my husband and now we live near Haymarket with our two young sons. Have you a favourite place to visit locally?
Down in the Scottish Borders, only thirty-odd miles from the centre of Edinburgh and a bit more from Glasgow, the Tinto House Hotel is an unassuming oasis of calm. It’s the aim of hotel director, Brian Robinson, that all guests crossing the threshold of this long-established country house will find a home-from-home atmosphere and a warm welcome. There is no doubt that we experienced both – as did the other people checking in shortly before us, and others having a drink in the foyer-bar area.
Lothian Life is delighted to announce a 500 word short story competition. It’s open to everyone, it’s free to enter, and the theme is simply to write something ‘uplifting’ …The competition is open now, with a deadline of midnight on Monday 11th December 2017, when judges, Sandy Bennett-Haber and Marie Campbell, will get together to choose a winner and two runners-up. A shortlist will be announced the week of the 10th January 2018.
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Selecting a term
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