• 26 December 2014

    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.

  • 24 December 2014

    THE Elgin-born cleric and nature-lover combines both strands of his life in this quiet piece for the nativity season.

  • 23 December 2014

    THOMAS Hardy looked back on old certainties with a wistfulness for belief in an age much less materialistic than our contemporary one.

  • 22 December 2014

    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.

  • 20 December 2014

    Tomorrow is the winter solstice, when the night is at its longest and the day at its shortest.

  • 19 December 2014

    FIFE schoolteacher Andrew McNeil has an unexpected encounter with another species of shopper in his supermarket car park..

  • 18 December 2014

    LEWIS Carroll's Alice in Wonderland has been given a make-over into "West-Central Scots" by Ayrshire doctor and writer James Andrew Begg.

  • 16 December 2014

    TENNYSON offers a character lesson from the natural world to humankind in these simple but effective lines.