Published: 24/11/2017 15:00 - Updated: 25/11/2017 05:31

How Yuri Gagarin inspired Ross-shire woman to put down roots - and fly!

Sherry Morris of Contin was inspired by the Russian cosmonaut to get stuck in to her gardening project. A CONTIN woman’s affectionate tribute to the allotment she cultivated for the best part of a decade has made it to the pages of a new book.

Sherry Morris wrote her piece, Foodie Tips Courtesy of Yuri Gagarin, for the Nourish book produced for Book Week Scotland by the Scottish Book Trust.

The charity, which aims to change lives through reading and writing, releases a book of stories around a theme as part of an annual campaign to get people in Scotland writing.

People were challenged to write pieces on the theme of “nourish” and what it means to them. Hundreds of stories from across Scotland were submitted.

Sherry tells how looking at a statue of the famous Russian cosmonaut and helped her realise “it was possible to fly and flit about, yet remain connected”.

She wrote: “This plot could keep me in one place but I could still go off and come back. Looking after it, I could recharge, take nourishment from my surroundings, develop ties, establish roots.

"I didn’t need to fear I was giving something up. Instead, I’d be gaining something – my very own space. I smiled. Now I knew how to get started.”

Sherry said: “I wrote this story as a tribute to my allotment. I was leaving it and the community garden I had been a part of for nearly 10 years. I’m so pleased this story will be included in the anthology and a part of Book Week Scotland, so the community I left know how important they were to me.”

Thirty-two submissions will be collected in the Nourish book, selected by Scottish Book Trust, Gaelic Books Council and Scottish Poetry Library.

Famous names such as Mary Contini, bestselling author of Italian life and cooking, and Dave Myers of the Hairy Bikers, are also included.

The book will be downloadable for Book Week Scotland, which runs from November 27 to December 3.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “We were delighted by the number of submissions this year for our Book Week Scotland book. Nourish demonstrates the diverse and colourful cooking culture that Scotland has, passed down the generations through recipes and tradition.

" These stories celebrate the joy of cooking and sharing food with others.”

Sherry's story can be read at

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