Kerr is made of write stuff

Teacher re­leases book

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Edel Ke­nealy

An award-win­ning au­thor from East Kil­bride has this week re­leased his sec­ond book for young peo­ple.

Hairmyres dad-of-two Kerr Thom­son, a ge­og­ra­phy teacher at Cathkin High School, Cam­bus­lang, gets to grips with wildlife in his new novel The Rise of Wolves.

An ad­ven­ture story set on a small Scot­tish is­land, it sees three friends un­der­take a dar­ing feat and save the land they love and the crea­tures which in­habit it.

The book fol­lows Kerr’s first novel The Sound of Whales which is also set on the fic­tional is­land of Nin.

Kerr, 51, said: “It is a book writ­ten for young peo­ple, of course, but grown-ups will en­joy it as well.

“There is no one that doesn’t feel a shiver down their spine when they hear the howl­ing of a wolf, es­pe­cially when the howl­ing hap­pens in Scot­land, a coun­try where wolves are sup­posed to have been ex­tinct for al­most three hun­dred years.”

The Sound of Whales marked Kerr’s tran­si­tion from am­a­teur writer to pro­fes­sional au­thor. It was pub­lished by Chicken House af­ter win­ning the Times Chil­dren’s Book Award in 2015, beat­ing hun­dreds of en­tries from around the world.

“Writ­ing is a very soli­tary pur­suit and now the fact that peo­ple are read­ing my writ­ing that’s the great­est sat­is­fac­tion,”Kerr said.

“To share it with other peo­ple and for them to en­joy it makes it worth­while, to get that af­fir­ma­tion that you’re a rea­son­ably good writer and that there’s an au­di­ence out there en­joy­ing your books.”

Kerr’s love of writ­ing flour­ished when he joined a writ­ing group at East Kil­bride Arts Cen­tre. He will be in the town’s Water­stones book shop at 2pm on Satur­day to sign copies of his new book.

Way with word­sKerr Thom­son

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