Our New Anthology

With a Pinch of Salt: Food for Thought from Tyne and Esk Writers    £7

Especially for those who couldn’t get to the Launch on 23rd October, here is how you can get a copy, or more than one copy as it is a good Christmas present and if you get 3 you get a fourth free:

  • Email me, Jock Stein, and arrange to pick up here or get it delivered. Cash, or cheque to Handsel Press, or
    bank transfer, 80-05-40   00286342.
  • Ask your group rep. who may have copies
  • On line through but you may have to pay postage.

And here is a transcript of the article George Cunningham got into the East Lothian Courier:


Supermarket giant Tesco has stepped in to help a group of local authors.

A new anthology, featuring po­etry and prose, has been written by members of Tyne and Esk Writers. Titled With a Pinch of Salt: Food for Thought, the collection has been edited by Borders au­thor Margaret Skea.

Dr Jock Stein, Tyne and Esk convenor, was delighted that the supermarket had decided ‘every little helps’. He said: “Last year, Tesco want­ed to celebrate giving away £100 million to good causes.

“They selected 100 of the big­gest stores in the UK and gave each store a ‘golden token’. Whoever got that token would put it into one of their three lo­cal charity bins, and the lucky charity would receive £10,000 from Tesco. Musselburgh was one of those stores, and Tyne and Esk Writers was the lucky charity!”

Tyne and Esk Writers is a community writing charity with groups running throughout East Lothian and Midlothian.

Dr Stein added: “This is a fantastic boost to our seven community writing groups. We have been able to work with a professional writer who has advised and inspired our members, and we have produced an anthology of our work – prose, short stories and poetry.

“Inspired by the Tesco grant, the theme was ‘food’ and we are delighted to launch With A Pinch of Salt: Food for Thought from Tyne and Esk Writers. Our project for 2024: Tyne and Esk is launching a workshop for members and local schools with the National Museum of Flight and we are grateful to Tesco and to all the shoppers who supported us to enable more local folk take part in creative writing.”

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