A LIBRARIAN from the Borders who wrote a short story about what 'home’ means to him for a national writing competition has had his submission chosen to be published in a book.

Thomas Clark beat off competition from over 500 other entries to win a place in a special book entitled Scotland’s Stories of Home.

His story 'All Addresses are Approximate’ will feature alongside entries from 33 other winners and author contributors such as Alan Warner, Vic Galloway, Kirsty Logan and Beatrice Colin.

Thomas, from Hawick, wrote a story recalling his experience of looking around the town in which he grew up through Google Maps street view.

Commenting on the publication of his story, Thomas said: “Stories of Home has been an inspirational project to be involved with. I’m absolutely thrilled that my story has been selected for the anthology, and I can’t wait to see it in print.” The competition was held by Scottish Book Trust, the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland, and encouraged members of the public to express in writing what 'home’ as a place or a concept means to them. Contributions included poems as well as prose that tell tales of childhood, communities, family life, travel and food.

To celebrate the third year of Book Week Scotland later this month, more than 150,000 free copies of Scotland’s Stories of Home will be gifted to people throughout the week. The books will be distributed in local bookshops, public libraries, prisons, hospitals, visitor information centres, ferry terminals and train stations.

All the stories entered for the competition are available to read at www.bookweekscotland.com.