Article Source: Scottish Book Trust
First Published: 30 October 2020 12:59
Updated: 30 October 2020 13:00
See You in 10 Years: Val McDermid joins young people of Scotland for time capsule
Scottish Book Trust’s patron and award-winning author Val McDermid has joined young people of Scotland to contribute to a time capsule for Book Week Scotland. The project, called ‘See You in 10 Years,’ is a partnership between the charity and the National Library of Scotland, who will store the time capsule for 10 years before it is opened in 2030.
Fitting with the theme of Future for Book Week Scotland, Val McDermid reflects the time of “fear and chaos” in 2020. The first piece of the author’s work will be published in the Future book, a free publication: 50,000 copies will be distributed to libraries, community groups and schools across the country. The second part of McDermid’s piece will be locked in the time capsule and revealed in 2030.
Six young writers will also be included in the time capsule, selected by a panel including Scottish Book Trust staff. They will have the opportunity to showcase their work to families and friends alongside Val McDermid during a private celebration. On Friday 20 October, a film documenting the creation of the time capsule will premiere on YouTube.
The young people included in the time capsule are: Skye, 16 from Glasgow; Keir, 17 from Falkirk; Emily, 17 from Falkirk; Reilly, 13 from Kinross; Robecca, 18 from North Ayrshire and Hannah, 17 from Sutherland.
Artist Ali Forbes from Glasgow was commissioned to create the time capsule. A jewellery design graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins, London, Ali first discovered jewellery making and design when she participated in an HND course at Cardonald College.
Book Week Scotland is the country’s biggest celebration of reading and writing and it returns for its ninth year from Monday 16 November to Sunday 22 November. Although there will be no physical events this year, the Digital Festival has a stellar line-up including award-winning author Denise Mina; actor and comedian Ruby Wax; bestselling crime writer Louise Welsh and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Val McDermid, author and patron of Scottish Book Trust said:
“Of course, digital media offers platforms where young writers can showcase their work. But digital media is fast-moving and often temporary. It's vital that we find more long-lasting ways to capture writing that addresses the future as well as the here and now, and See You In Ten Years does just that.”
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “2020 has been an uncertain year, and there’s no better way to document it than with a time capsule. We’re grateful to our patron Val McDermid for including a piece of work for See You in 10 Years, and to National Library of Scotland for safeguarding the capsule. We look forward to 2030, when the writing of the young people will be revealed.”
Martha Burns Findlay, Head of Public Programmes at National Library of Scotland said: “The National Library of Scotland is a repository of Scotland’s memories which we preserve for current and future generations. We are therefore delighted to host Scottish Book Trust’s time capsule for a 10-year period within our stores, safeguarding the capsule until it is re-opened and its contents revealed in 2030. We are equally delighted to be supporting new Scottish writing which will provide a unique glimpse into the world of 2020 through the eyes of young writers in 10 years’ time.”
Artist Ali Forbes said: “I applied to the See You in 10 Years project because the brief really captured my imagination: it immediately seemed like a very magical project to be part of. The subject matter really resonated as it feels like we are currently living in a very significant time historically: learning to live with a global pandemic which has no current end in sight. I am thrilled to be involved, not only because it is the first project I am undertaking in Scotland since moving back to Glasgow in July, but also because it gives me the chance to create a beautiful and intriguing object.”
The Book Week Scotland 2020 programme is available to view Here.
Scotland’s leading homelessness charity is on the hunt for one star baker to get creative in the kitchen and produce a new brownie for its popular home delivery service.
A community cycling hub, a bridge spanning Strathclyde Loch, a residential outdoor centre, plans to generate renewable energy, and a major attraction based around play are some of the ambitious plans.
Scottish market events company is leading the way with the launch of an innovative new online shopping experience to support independent brands this Christmas.
Koor, a free app making individual choral practise enjoyable, launches a series of festive workshops to enable people to share the joy of singing from the safety of their own homes.
Dobbies, the UK's leading garden centre retailer, has teamed up with Teenage Cancer Trust to give local heroes a Christmas to remember!
Library users can now order books in advance and then collect them from one of 12 locations across South Lanarkshire.
Sites for 15 new Local Nature Reserves across South Lanarkshire have been identified and the council hopes to designate the majority of these sites as LNRs during 2021.
As Christmas approaches, Dobbies, the UK's leading garden centre retailer, has released the first of three festive themed podcasts!
Clyde 1 and Forth 1 are set to broadcast an exclusive session from multi-award-winning global star, Sam Smith on Monday 16th November!
Tickets for Scotland's biggest and best Christmas drive-in go on sale tomorrow morning at 7.30am!
The Stay At Home Choir have partnered with Koor, a free app that helps choral singers learn, improve and enjoy singing, to deliver their virtual Christmas celebration this year.
Communities across Scotland are being urged to celebrate Scotland’s national day on 30 November by wearing their kilt as part of the #GetYerKiltOn tourism initiative.
Scotland's biggest and best Christmas drive-in is BACK as itison announce its Drive-In Movies will return to Loch Lomond Shores for the 8th year in a row!
Scottish market events company is leading the way in marketplace e-commerce with the launch of an innovative new online shopping experience to support independent brands this Christmas.
Loch Lomond Shores has announced a nature-inspired photography competition for amateur photographers which will run until November 20th!
On November 1st, fans have the chance to watch the moment NOVA made history as the youngest ever winner, plus exclusive insights from all ten shortlisted artists on their outstanding albums.
Scottish Book Trust’s patron and award-winning author Val McDermid has joined young people of Scotland to contribute to a time capsule for Book Week Scotland.
The 2020 winner of Scotland’s national music prize, The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award, was revealed as Nova, the youngest ever winner, for her debut release ‘Re-Up’.
People saved by living kidney transplantation have given thanks to their donors and the NHS on the 60th anniversary of the first living kidney donation in the UK.
Scottish Book Trust has launched Book Week Scotland's 2020 programme, which focuses on the theme of Future.
Europe's largest winter music festival, Celtic Connections, has announced that the 2021 event will be going digital!
There are just a few days left for young people age 18-28 from Lanarkshire to become digital champions as part of the creation of the world's first Rural Youth Project Smart Village.
The Royal British Legion is encouraging people to mark Remembrance Day safely from their doorsteps by taking part in a national two-minute silence.
Some of the top names in Scottish hospitality have launched a new ‘Save Our Jobs’ campaign calling for urgent support from Westminster and Holyrood to safeguard up to 100,000 jobs.
After a sensational summer tour of sell-out shows, The Parking Lot Social team returns to their home city for a Halloween edition of their massive, interactive drive-in events.
Independent lingerie retailer Silks Boutique is supporting Wear It Pink Day this Friday 23rd October with £2 from every bra sold on the day being donated to Breast Cancer Now.
Children's Classic Concerts in collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have created an innovative Halloween production that embraces the challenges faced by the cultural sector.
Historic Environment Scotland has published its 6-month Action Plan until March 2021 and sets out how it will prioritise and continue to resume its core activities over the next six months.
Macdonald Resorts is seeing a marked increase in demand for its self-catering accommodation, as people opt for safe staycations within their family bubbles.
Fans who missed out on Little Mix’s sold-out London O2 Arena shows will get an opportunity to see their idols on the big screen at Vue Cinemas this November!