November 2020
Saturday 16th November 2pm Colinton Library
“Travelling Scotland with One Yellow Welly”, Rita MacLennan
I was a Quality Advisor with the Scottish Tourist Board and worked with many inspiring and innovative people. Then there were the others, the wackiest and downright rascals. My stories are all true. I've just had to change names and places to protect the guilty. Longer Description of the Talk/Event: I will tell you briefly about my training to be a Quality Advisor, with a few examples of the excitement, joy, challenges and solitude. I will also tell you about how I came to write this book. My friends said, ‘Write those stories down. Just do it’. There is a difference between entertaining friends after a few glasses of wine, but writing it down! They’d made it sound simple. Hmm. Not one to back off from a challenge, I got started. It was a rich experience in learning the craft, in order to write this first book. My first published work was in the C&B News; my memories of a year in the life of a child growing up in Balerno in the 1950s. The feedback from people in the street, in shops and at the bus stop was encouraging. Maybe I could write after all. Now I have my first book, this work of creative non-fiction. I’ll finish my talk by reading an extract from the story of one self-catering owner I met. He lived on the Isle of Harris, his nickname was Scrook and he gave me jaw-dropping reasons for cheating his guests. Short CV: I live in Currie with husband John. We have two sons and four grandsons. I've been an academic secretary, had my own catering company, trained in Marriage Counselling, then did a Post Graduate Diploma at Napier University. I was a Supervisor and Trainer in Counselling. After retirement, my husband and I ran a five-star B&B. I enjoy gardening, walking, yoga, dancing and learning new things. I am currently co-writing a travel book called An Insiders’ Guide to Edinburgh and have another murmuring in my head: a collection of short stories, yet to be given a name. Links: one yellow welly - on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email.