Anstruther RNLI Volunteer wins three American book awards for his debut novel 'A Distant Field: A Novel of World War I'. Richard MacDonald, a volunteer crew member on Anstruther's all-weather lifeboat, Kingdom of Fife, and aspiring author, was awarded a gold medal in the historical fiction category by the Military Writers Society of America at their 2019 conference. The novel was already named one of three finalists in the military fiction category at the 2019 American Fiction Awards and won the military fiction category in America's 2019 Independent Press Awards earlier this year. Richard has been a volunteer crew member at Anstruther RNLI for the past two years. While juggling life as a director of a small research company, volunteer crew member and author, Richard has completed a sequel to his debut novel and has his next writing venture lined up. This time a fictional murder mystery novel based around a lifeboat crew, entitled 'The Brotherhood of the Sea.' Coxswain at Anstruther RNLI, Michael Bruce has commended Richard on his success with his novel. He said: 'All lifeboat crews are dedicated to saving lives at sea and all come from a wide range of occupations, but an award-winning author is a little unusual so we are proud to have him as part of our team here in Anstruther.'
The novel is available to buy on Amazon.
The Lloyds Foundation has committed to funding the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course for a second 5-year period until December 2020. Their total support for RNLI crew training to just over £2.46M since 2008. More than 3,000 RNLI volunteer crew members have now received the training thanks to Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s funding.
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The 10th Fife (First Cupar) Scout group under Isobel Bonnes presented a cheque for £125 to the Treasurer, David Thomson, plus an amount in cash on 5th September.
The money raised, following visits to the Lifeboat Station, resulted from a water relay at Cupar wetlands during a hot June day when they all became very wet.