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Author inspires pupils with writing workshop

Author Matt Whyman visited Brechin High School to talk about his latest book

Author Matt Whyman visited Brechin High School to talk about his latest book "The Savages", as part of The Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour. Matt is pictured with S1 pupils Neave Hoggins and Rachel Skinner.

Brechin High School pupils took part in a writing workshop with a difference today (Thursday) when bestselling young adult author Matt Whyman visited the area.

The visit, part of the fifth Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour of 2013, saw Matt host a workshop exploring various themes in his novels, memoirs and advice columns.

The workshop aimed to encourage children’s love of literature through inspirational author visits, which bring their books to life.

Matt, a bestselling author and resident agony uncle for both Bliss Magazine and BBC Radio 1’s The Surgery with Aled, writes for both adults and young adults,

Hi young adult books have been short listed for many prestigious awards and during the workshop he focused on his latest work ‘The Savages’ - a macabre look at modern family life

Commenting on the tour Matt said: “It’s a great honour to visit schools across Angus and celebrate books and writing with the students.

“Thanks to Scottish Friendly and Scottish Book Trust, I’m looking forward to lively conversation and hope to inspire young writers of every ability.

“I struggled at school, but it was the pen and paper that rescued me. I’m now a firm believer that learning to express yourself confidently with the written word will take you places in life - as I hope my trip to Scotland demonstrates!”

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is run by Scottish Book Trust, Scotland’s leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing and is sponsored by Scottish Friendly, Scotland’s largest mutual with over 150 years of experience.

 

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