Writer shares se­crets to Rules of Cool

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

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

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