Through Calum’s Legacy, Indie Authors World is funding twelve young people aged 16–25 from Central Scotland to co-author, publish and print a book. Taking full ownership of the writing, editing, design, production and print processes with support from the expert team at Indie Authors World, they will grow in skills and confidence; developing and honing their creative, entrepreneurial and teamworking abilities to emerge at the end of a 12-month process with their own book, published under the Indie Authors World imprint, printed and ready to bring to market.

Becoming a published author is a transformational experience for many, opening doors, establishing or raising profiles, boosting confidence, connecting with peers and generating an income stream. We launched Calum’s Legacy to enable young people, who may be otherwise lacking in creative and entrepreneurial opportunities due to their situation or responsibilities, to experience that positive transformation at first hand. With the support of our community, through Calum’s Legacy we will create a lasting impact on young lives in Scotland.

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Calum’s Legacy Writers

Will Maslen 23

What kind of things do you write about?

Fantasy, scifi, the strange, often stories about people in the outskirts of reality as use understand it.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

Drawing, Art, petting dogs in KG

What does coming to Calum’s Legacy mean for you?

Calum’s Legacy is strong evidence that we as humans are made to love and communicate with each other. Seeing a group give so much time, effort and resources for the purpose of helping people through sharing stories is genuinely wonderful and means a lot to me.

Neve McRavey 17

What kind of things do you write about?

Growing up in today’s society, I am keen on writing about feminist issues in a contemporary setting in fiction form. I believe every story should have a deeper meaning for a wider issue, therefore I love including symbolism within my stories. I also have a love of poetry.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

I am still at school, studying my advanced higher in my final year before I head
off to university. I have a passion for music and love singing and playing guitar
with my dad. I am a film fanatic with a love for acting and cinematography.

What does Calum’s Legacy mean for you?

Calum’s Legacy has allowed me to have a creative outlet and helped me improved as a writer. Writing has always been my biggest passion in life. This project has become what I most look forward to each month, I’ve met some of my closest friends. It has inspired me to dream big and work hard to meet my goals. I feel as though I have found a purpose. I am so grateful that I have been given this opportunity and I am so happy to be a part of it.

Emma Taylor 21

What kind of things do you write about?

I tend to write about simple things with a twist. With current technology it is not possible for a person to venture to each planet in our solar system, I like to imagine what it would be like even if it isn’t physically possible.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

I never tend to sit in silence I usually always have music playing. I love socialising with everyone from family, friends to strangers. My best friend is my bouncy Border Collie, Peach. We often venture out for hours as a time in all kinds of weather.

What does coming to Calum’s Legacy mean for you?

Calum’s Legacy has given me the freedom to explore my imagination and the confidence to put my thoughts onto paper. This may seem like the obvious answer however as I have struggled immensely all my life to read and write coming here has made me feel relevant and important. I started writing as a coping mechanism though the legacy team have encouraged me and helped me realise I don’t need to be scared or shy away from reading and writing, and that actually I’m really good at it!

James McGunnigle | 17

What kind of things do you write about?

I have been writing a fantasy story and illustrating it for years. It keeps growing and changing.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

I play chess, video games and watch films.

What does coming to Calum’s Legacy mean to me?

It gives me confidence. I’m inspired and feel passion to share my stories and imagination. I love writing and illustrating. I’ve made great friends.

Gabriel Gontor | 18

Anything that my imagination can accept.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

Watching anime or using my imagination. I also like guessing the culprit in detective shows

What does coming to Calum’s Legacy mean to me?

It is the best time of my month I get to talk with people with similar interests and get to share my ideas with the group and enjoy the wonderful food and stories.

Calum’s story

For those who don’t know, Calum was our son. He was born on 8th December 1994.

Calum was only 12 when he was taken from us by meningitis, within touching distance of being a teenager.

He was a kind, considerate and intelligent lad who loved to have fun.

He loved his little sister, Kirsten, from the moment he first met her at the maternity hospital. His relationship with his three cousins Morven, Isla and Emma was also strong and he liked to make them laugh. He was loved greatly by his Gran & Papa, Grandad, and all his uncles and aunts. He enjoyed being with Jane, Robert and their two sons Andrew and David as he grew from a baby in their tender care while Mum and Dad were at work.

He was comfortable in anyone’s company from the youngest to the oldest. He never failed to impress his teachers with the way he conducted himself in class. He enjoyed maths, science and history. He was the focal point and organiser for a group of wonderful friends. He loved music, playing games on the Wii and PS2, but most of all he loved to laugh.

His death devastated our little family but we were determined that the memory of who he was would last. That the impact he made during his life should continue. That began with Sinclair’s books. He decided to remember Calum by writing The Reluctant Detective. He finished and published it because life was too short to put off his dreams any longer. The success of his books (all dedicated to Calum) was what began the process that ended with the creation of Indie Authors World.

Now with Calum’s Legacy, we are creating a project that reflects the best of Calum. He loved to bring people together, he had so many diverse interests that many of his friends only knew each other through him. We hope that by bringing young people from different backgrounds and experience together we will create new friendships. One of Calum’s defining characteristics was kindness, he would never hesitate to offer a helping hand. With this project, we wish to give young people a helping hand to find their voice, creativity, self-belief, confidence and a sense of entrepreneurship.

We know that Calum would have loved to have been part of this project, we hope there are many of you out there who would like to do the same as a participant, mentor or sponsor.

How you can help


Throughout the process we will need some of our authors to help us by mentoring the young people involved. If you've published a book and think that you can help to guide, encourage and support a young person, we would like to hear from you.


We will be contributing money from every publishing package we sell but if you would like to help that would be great. Whether it's time, money or equipment we would be delighted to receive any help you can offer.

You can also nominate a young person that would benefit from the course.