SHEILA Templeton, who won this year's McCash Scots Poetry Competition with a powerful reflection on her grandfather, a First World War veteran, treated the theme of the 1914 Christmas truce in an earlier prizewinning poem.
THE Elgin-born cleric and nature-lover combines both strands of his life in this quiet piece for the nativity season.
THOMAS Hardy looked back on old certainties with a wistfulness for belief in an age much less materialistic than our contemporary one.
YESTERDAY was the shortest day of the year and, to mark it, here is a charming winter cameo from the New England master Robert Frost.
Tomorrow is the winter solstice, when the night is at its longest and the day at its shortest.
FIFE schoolteacher Andrew McNeil has an unexpected encounter with another species of shopper in his supermarket car park..
LEWIS Carroll's Alice in Wonderland has been given a make-over into "West-Central Scots" by Ayrshire doctor and writer James Andrew Begg.
TENNYSON offers a character lesson from the natural world to humankind in these simple but effective lines.