The SMHAF Writing Awards took place on the evening of Wednesday 22 May at St George's Tron Church in Glasgow, held in partnership with Bipolar Scotland. The ceremony was hosted by Ian Rankin, with music by Emma Pollock.
There were over 200 entries to this year's competition, a significant increase on last year, and we would like to thank everyone who entered. The 12 winning entries have been collected in this eBook, as well as a set of printed materials, designed by artist Josie Vallely.
We hope you enjoy reading this year's collection.
1st Place: Outside In, by Shirley Gillan
2nd Place: Message in a Bottle, by Eilidh Clark
3rd Place: Twenty Five, Vanilla Milkshake, by Benny Allen
Fragments, by Shirley Gillan
In Sync, by Alyson Lawson
Still Hingin Oan by Brian Reid
Under Pressure, by Laura Barbour
Affirmations by William Sutton
Shoormal, by Aileen Paterson
The Keeper of the Keys, by Ewan Gault
I’m Doing My Best, by Cathie Devitt
Alarm, by Hannah Retallick
The Writing Awards also saw the launch of 70 Stories, an online project curated by the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival to mark the 70th anniversary of the Mental Health Foundation.
Throughout the Foundation’s anniversary year, we will be sharing mental health stories on the SMHAF website at mhfestival.com/70stories.
As well as celebrating the Foundation’s anniversary, the project will expand on this year’s festival theme, Connected, throughout the year, creating a compelling group portrait of mental health in 2019 by connecting stories from our Writing Awards, stories from regular and new SMHAF contributors, and more.