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Footprints in the Sand: The Hugh Miller Writing Competition II carries the name of one of Scotland’s most endearing geologists, Hugh Miller (1802-1856), and aimed to honour his legacy by inspiring new, original prose and poetry on the theme of Scotland’s rich fossil heritage. The competition was organised by the Scottish Geodiversity Forum, The Friends of Hugh Miller and other partners. I was one of the judging panel.
Poetry and prose entries were invited that are inspired by fossil discoveries made in Scotland over the last 30 years. As a prolific writer on the subject of fossils, particularly his beloved Devonian fish, Hugh Miller’s texts also provide the reader with a wealth of potential inspiration. We hope that this writing competition has encouraged both a renewed interest in Miller’s work, and contributed to a catalogue of new writings inspired by one of Scotland’s greatest nature writers. We also aim to highlight the role that Scotland’s geology plays in filling gaps in our understanding of the evolution of life and foster greater awareness and appreciation of Scotland’s geodiversity.