Elaine Renton, a lecturer at Elmwood College, has had her first short story published. Secret, Lies and Grandad is included in the anthology Days Like This published by BBC Radio Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust and launched last week.
Elmwood College recently encouraged Elaine to undertake an on-line creative writing course with the University of East Anglia. Since then she has run a creative writing course at the Elmwood College St Andrews Learning Centre on Tuesday evenings.
Secret, Lies and Grandad tells the story of Elaine as a young girl when her grandfather discovers a birds nest at the bottom of the garden. Elaine explains, “It’s a story that sends a message about the importance of taking care of things around us, trust and the consequences of betrayal. I am excited to be able to share the story with others.”
Days Like This is a collection of true life stories, written by ordinary people from all over Scotland and submitted to the Scottish Book Trust and the BBC as part of a ground-breaking national project. Hundreds of people sent in their stories – all set during or around one particular day in their lives and the best have been selected to be part of the book - a true snapshot of Scotland and its people, past and present.
Elaine is originally from Falkirk but has settled in St.Andrews. She finds magic in the mundane and takes inspiration from her students, switching from working with young people with additional needs for learning by day to being a creative writing tutor by evening.
She submitted a full-length novel to the 2007 Dundee Book Prize to purge the “book in her.” Since then she has found her narrative voice and has almost completed writing her first children’s novel. Elaine was first published in 2005 by the women’s magazine, Mslexia.
Elaine attended the Days Like This book launch last week in Edinburgh. Building on her success, Elaine is to have three further stories published in the writer’s magazine, First Edition later this year.