Heritage - Scotland and us
The Scottish Qualifications Authority has announced the winner of the Homecoming Prize for its Scotland and Me competition.
Scott Mackay from Stow College in Glasgow wrote an original poem and music, entitled "I am Scottish", set against a montage of images of Scotland and its heritage. It was inspired, he said, by his Scottish roots and his belief that Scotland is a unique and proud nation. His entry showed what the country had to offer the world through its traditions, history, innovations, landscapes, pride and artistic culture.
Two highly-commended awards were also made to Tina Lin from Hutchesons' Grammar in Glasgow, and Karen McCafferty from Glasgow College of Nautical Studies.
Tina's collage of Burns Cottage was made from natural materials and was, she said, inspired by the "heart-rending background and exalting masterpieces of Robert Burns". Tina is not a native Scot but said that, through the work of Burns, she felt part of his achievements and the Homecoming celebrations.
Karen's poem "Deer Land" was inspired by a writing retreat to Mallaig, where she found herself in "writing paradise". The poem evokes a sense of that area, in particular Morar, with its breathtaking scenery and tranquillity. The train journey to Mallaig from Glasgow inspired "Deer Land".