Pupils dis­cover the de­lights of writ­ing with au­thor Daniel Gray

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY LOUISE HOUS­TON

ONE of the coun­try’s lead­ing young writ­ers is en­cour­ag­ing pupils to create their own sto­ries in­spired by the world around them.

Daniel Gray brought his De­lights work­shop to a group of Higher English stu­dents as part of a project by equal­i­ties char­ity Nil by Mouth, founded by former Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year Cara Hen­der­son.

The ses­sion, at Dun­can­rig Sec­ondary in East Kil­bride, was de­signed to en­sure peo­ple from all back­grounds have the op­por­tu­nity to con­sider cre­ative writ­ing.

Daniel said: “I get a real thrill from work­ing with young peo­ple – their imag­i­na­tions are in­spir­ing. The pupils ab­so­lutely ex­celled them­selves.”

Nil by Mouth Di­rec­tor Dave Scott said; “Dun­can­rig was the first high school in Scot­land to win our Cham­pi­ons for Change award and it’s al­ways a real plea­sure to work with its pupils.

“So much of our work fo­cuses on the power of lan­guage and the use of words to de­mean or at­tack oth­ers. That is why we are in­vest­ing in this pro­gramme which sees Daniel help young peo­ple find more pos­i­tive ways of ex­press­ing them­selves.

“We are very grate­ful to the Scot­tish Book Trust for help­ing fund this pro­gramme, and show­ing its com­mit­ment to build­ing an open, tol­er­ant so­ci­ety.”

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