Rickle o Bones

A three pairt scrieve in Scots

Rickle o Bones ©Anna Stewart (2018)

Audio Credits

Children – Jacob, Charlotte & Anders Christison
Raibert & Iain – Charles & Denny Christison
Mary & the Ootlin – Reanne Farley & James Zeki Rose
Narration, music & audio production – Anna Stewart
Traditional song – The Exile’s Song by Robert Gilfillan


I’m a short story writer from Dundee, Scotland. In 2017, I won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and was shortlisted for the Royal Academy and Pin Drop Short Story Award.  My stories have been published in Scotland After the Virus (Luath Press), Scots Hoose: Scots in Schools,  For Books’ Sake: The Weekend Read, Riptide Journal, New Writing Dundee, and Gutter Magazine issues 05, 07 and 12.  I’ve been shortlisted for Bloody Scotland’s Short Story Competition, and won The Dragons’ Pen at Edinburgh International Book Festival. My story, The Way I Breathed was published alongside A.L Kennedy and Ben Okri in A Short Affair (Scribner 2018). I was awarded one of Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residences (2019) and have been commissioned by the Scottish Book Trust to write stories for their Rebel project and The Edinburgh International Science Festival. In 2018, I read from Rickle o Bones at the Scottish Parliament. I hold an MLitt in Creative Writing with Distinction from The University of St. Andrews and a BA (hons) degree in Theatre from Dartington College of Arts. I work as a Library Assistant, while raising my young son. I am available for author visits and included on Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Author Directory.

This site includes contact details, and excerpts of some of my short stories.

Pleasureland – a short story by Anna Stewart, performed at the Scots Language Awards in 2021. Pleasureland was published in Gutter Magazine 05, Freight Books, (2011)

Please note that these short story readings are not suitable for younger viewers
Thelma and Louise, Bitch – a short story by Anna Stewart, performed at the Scots Language Awards in 2021. This story was commissioned by the Scottish Book Trust and published in Rebel (2018)