An ALEXANDRIA writer’s work has been selected for a book which has been published as part of Book Week Scotland.

Todd Sharkey’s story, “Rover”, is the emotional tale of five friends on the day of the funeral of the father of Steven, one of the group.

The online book’s publication follows a public participation campaign launched by Irvine Welsh around the theme of “rebel”.

With this in mind, the Scottish Book Trust encouraged people of all backgrounds and experiences to submit their own work around this theme.

Hundreds of stories from across the country were collected, and can be read online at

Todd’s story, however, is one of 29 which were chosen by a panel to also feature in the Rebel book, which will be distributed free to libraries and community groups during the Book Week national celebration of reading and writing.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Scottish Book Trust is delighted to distribute 100,000 copies of Rebel across the country as part of Book Week Scotland celebrations.

“We hope everyone enjoys reading these rebellious tales, which sum up the spirit of our country in English, Scots and Gaelic.”

Rebel will also be downloadable from Scottish Book Trust’s website during the Book Week Scotland, which runs from November 19 to 25.