Front cover of Wild Song by Janis MacKay.This week marked the end of my wonderful, wonderful writing course. For those of you who are new to my blog, I’ve been going along to an evening class on writing for children over the last term and it’s been really brilliant. The tutor was children’s author Janis MacKay and she’s been unfailingly generous and wise. For our last class we had a ceilidh, in the truest sense of the word. We gathered round and heard each other’s stories, words we’d worked hard on over the last ten weeks. I loved hearing all those individual voices and being treated to a glimpse into each person’s imagination. It also reminded me how much I enjoy being read to. I must create more opportunities in my life to be read to!

As has been our habit, the class retired to our preferred public house after the ceilidh and uniformly agreed that we simply could not let this end. The result is that we have founded a writing group. I will be able to attend the inaugural meeting and after our move I will be a long distance member, keeping in contact by email and popping in whenever I’m back in Scotland. Here is the front cover of Janis’ latest book due out in May – it looks good!

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