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Stripe help launch new poster and digital campaign in the Year of Creative Scotland

Stripe help launch new poster and digital campaign in the Year of Creative Scotland

Stripe were on hand as some of Scotland’s most inspirational and successful stars came together to headline a new campaign that celebrates Scotland’s creativity and welcomes visitors to the country.

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin, design duo and toast of London Fashion Week Bebaroque, multi-award winning architect Malcolm Fraser, cashmere entrepreneur Belinda Dickson OBE, Sculptor in Ordinary to Her Majesty The Queen Alexander Stoddart and Scotland’s Makar Liz Lochhead – all front the new campaign launched today.

Part of the Year of Creative Scotland 2012, the campaign features posters of the Scottish stars with expressions of their creative inspirations at Scotland’s six main airports – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Prestwick, Dundee, Inverness and Aberdeen – to welcome people to Scotland. In addition to appearing in the welcome posters, the personalities also made short videos talking about what inspires them, which are available at

Launching the campaign with the Scottish personalities, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:

“Scotland is a creative and innovative nation that boasts an amazing array of talent – from award-winning directors and writers, to cutting-edge fashion designers, internationally renowned visual artists, chefs, musicians and architects.

“Starting today and in the Year of Creative Scotland, this campaign will give visitors a warm welcome to our country and encourage everyone from home and abroad to celebrate and take part in Scotland’s creative ingenuity, which is truly one of our nation’s most precious resources. “

‘see me’ creative writing winners announced

‘see me’ creative writing winners announced

‘see me’ – Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health – has announced the winners of its first ever Creative Writing Competition. The winners were revealed today at a lunchtime awards ceremony at the Apex Hotel, Edinburgh hosted by Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead.

Chris Haddow from Paisley scooped the short story prize, Evelyn Weir from Haddington the poetry prize and Sian Bevan from Edinburgh was triumphant in the Twitter category. All winners were presented with the prize of £250 by the competition judges: children’s author Lari Don, Dundee street poet, Gary Robertson and well-known comedian and political activist, Mark Thomas.

The competition attracted hundreds of entries from budding writers, of all ages from across Scotland in the three competition categories. Entrants were challenged to write about the theme of ‘support’ and what it means to them. For people with a mental health problem, seeking support from those around them can be a real turning point in putting them on the road to recovery.

To read the winning entries check out