Leith in 1980s
"I remember Leith from when I was
growing up in the 1980s. It was grim!
I was lucky enough, though, to be
around there only at weekends when I came there to visit my
Mum. I was being raised in Dalkeith, 8 miles from
"I wrote a story about the area that
featured these very flats, Cairngorm House and Grampian House.
It was a bit of a ghost story. It doesn't lead the reader to
feel they're being pressurised into believing in ghosts (as I
don't particularly) but I left it open for them to take a journey
with the story and see how they feel at the end (which is more
Exploring The Flats
"My story called 'The
Escape'. It was about growing up with my cousin and her
friend and how we'd frequent the flats (something I strangely
enjoyed to do).
We'd climb the many stairs and see
what awaited us when we reached the top. Grampian and Cairngorm
were particularly interesting due to the cages on the top and we
knew how to get outside and look out from 59 metres up. It was
quite a sight! and we'd stand for ages looking down at the world
The flats, at that point, were being
emptied of their tenants so they were creepy and had an eerie
solitude. My friend grew up in one of those flats
(Cairngorm) and she told us about her dad who went missing and
died. It was a bit of an odd story but that is what inspired
me to write 'The Escape'."
Isabella Scott, North-West
England: October 16+27, 2012