Writer shares secrets to Rules of Cool
FORMER Home and Away actor Tristan Bancks has a book full of information to share with students at Ryan Catholic College.
In fact, as one of the most popular authors at the school, the students were all ears when he travelled to the city to share his skill with the budding novelists.
While starting his career on the small screen in the early 1990s, it was Mr Bancks’s passion for the written word which has boosted his star quality for the students.
‘‘ These students wouldn’t have been born when I was on Home and Away,’’ he said.
‘‘ I chose to live out of the city and there was a natural progression to writing.
‘‘ I still keep in touch with some of the actors from the show but I don’t miss it. I think a lot of actors flow into writing.’’
The school’s acting head of English, Graham Joseph said Mr Bancks’s ‘‘ Mac Slater’’ book series was regularly hired out from the school library.
Mr J o s e p h s a i d t he ‘ ‘ writ e r - i nresidence’’ program had been extended to the junior school this year for the first time.
‘‘ His writing is tailored for young readers through to young adults,’’ Mr Joseph said.
‘‘ A lot of what he is doing with his writing is based on life experience.
‘‘ He’s also talked to the students about transforming books into a cartoon series, which is a unique thing to do with writing.’’
Mr Joseph said students had responded positively to the author, opening up and sharing their own ideas.
Writer workshops were held for students from years 1 to 9. STAR QUALITY: Author and former actor Tristan Bancks ( right) attended Ryan Catholic College to teach creative writing to students including Brendan Gabriel and Catarina Murphy