Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Keith Gray

Check out the article by Sam Phipps in The Herald last week about Keith Gray. It describes a creative writing workshop he is running in his role as "virtual writer-in- residence" for Scottish Book Trust. However, this is a workshop with a difference. The participants are S2 pupils from a school in Castle Douglas, and he has taken them to Ross Bay, about seven miles away, which is one of the settings in Gray's latest book, Ostrich Boys. This is about some friends who kidnap their dead pal's ashes and bring them all the way from Cleethorpes for a final send-off. (It's not in our library yet, but you can check what else Jordanhill has on the catalogue here.)

Although Gray's role does involve school visits like this one, he also interacts with young readers and writers via Scottish Book Trust's website, giving tips via podcasts and blogs. There is also a creative writing competition for 12-16s and an opportunity to receive new stories via email.

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