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Eilidh Whiteford, MP for Banff & Buchan

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STRICHEN NOVELIST RECOGNISED BY COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Local MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford helped commemorate Strichen novelist Nora Low, better known as Lorna Moon.

The local community council has erected two plaques in the village – one in North Street and the other at the former Temperance Hotel on High Street, to highlight the controversial author's links with the village. Dr Whiteford was accompanied by local councillor and Doric Festival organiser Sandy Stronach. 

Speaking in Strichen, Dr Whiteford said: 

"As Lorna Moon, Nora Low found fame and success as a Hollywood Screenwriter, but she remained a controversial figure in her home town of Strichen. Her novel 'Dark Star' scandalised the local community because her portraits of the people and places she knew were too thinly veiled, and not always entirely flattering. 

"Eighty years after her death, I'm glad she's been forgiven, and her talents have been recognised. These plaques are a worthy tribute to one of the most successful writers ever to come out of North-east Scotland."

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