Glasgow author Chris McQueer has been enlisted by the Scottish Government to make a new piece of spoken-word to mark St Andrew’s Day this year.
Scotland’s national day is this Monday, November 30, and this year’s campaign aims to celebrates community spirit and the shared kindness across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The award-winning writer of ‘Hings’ – a collection of short stories on everyday life in Scotland- Chris McQueer has penned and narrated six passages on what kindness means to him, including his take on the power of a smile, a hello or checking in with friends, loved ones and strangers during these challenging times.
An excerpt from the commission reads: “It’s your pals and family looking out for you. It’s a quick text to see how you’re doing. It’s lifting you up when you’re feeling down. It’s a friendly wave from the window. It’s a toot of the horn and a thumbs up. It’s dropping off some goodies at your front door. It’s a phone call to say they love and miss you. It’s the wee things that get you through. It’s a simple act of kindness. It’s what we do best.”
This year’s campaign also calls for people across the country to recognise the value of connecting with and helping others by reaching out and sending a message to friends, family, neighbours and communities near and far, in a bid to generate ‘One Million Words of Kindness’ by Monday.
Chris is now rallying his friends and followers to join him and share a kind message over the phone, on social media or by picking up a newly created postcard created by Scottish illustrator, Emily Hogarth.
Chris McQueer said: “Scotland is a wee country to be proud of – its cities, its countryside, its food and drink, its music and arts scene, but I’d say, most importantly, its people. We’re a generous bunch and we’re friendly – most of the time!
“St Andrew’s Day is a great chance to celebrate Scotland and all its worth, especially after a hard year up and down the country. So that’s why I’m sharing my thoughts on Scottish kindness and will be sending my kindness postcard to Jay Gray, my wee brother, to say thanks for being a pal this year.”
More than 100,000 free postcards, featuring a matt laminate finish for Covid safety, are available in Scottish Lidl stores across Scotland this week, for shoppers to pick up and send messages of thanks, hope, or just to say hello, to mark Scotland’s national day. The card is also available to download and share online from the Scottish Government’s website.
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