Last month, I mentioned that Random Acts of Writing had picked up one of my short stories — The Hornbill In The Hall.

Well, the issue containing the story is hot off the presses and if you find yourself in the north of Scotland at any point in the near future, you can buy a copy in any one of the following outlets:

Loch Croispol Bookshop: Durness
Bogbain Farm: Inshes, Inverness.
Waterstone’s: Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness
Nairn Bookshop: Nairn
An Lanntair: Stornoway
Emporium: Cromarty
An Tobar: Mull
Green Kite: Strathpeffer

You can also buy online via the website shop.

Apparently, there are two hornbill related stories in this issue; a boon for all fans of African birdlife. I can’t speak for the other story, but mine was inspired by a Hamish Gilchrist sculpture that I first saw last year in Strathearn Gallery in Crieff and then saw again at the Pittenweem Festival a few months later. You can see a picture of it — and read a little about Hamish — by clicking this link. You can see it more of his sculptures on his own site, here. Sadly, his own site is a hornbill free zone, but don’t let that put you off. His stuff is amazing.

Oddly, though, the inspirational sculpture in question is actually of a toucan, but the Toucan In The Hall didn’t sound as good.

Further update and photographic evidence will be given as soon as I receive my copy. So that’s something for us all to look forward to.