Two teenagers from Nairn have been selected by Scottish Book Trust to work on a project aimed at increasing opportunities for young people to access and contribute to literary culture across Scotland.
Sarah Cairney (14) an aspiring short story and creative non-fiction writer, and Finn Macdonald (15), an aspiring novel writer, applied and were accepted to work with eight other young people on the national What’s Your Story? project. The first nationwide programme of its kind in Scotland, What’s Your Story? will create a two-day creative writing conference in June 2016, a network of young writers/illustrators groups across Scotland, and an online resource to embolden and support Scotland’s teenage writers. These resources will be developed by the ten teen participants, in collaboration with Scottish Book Trust and partners, for other young writers throughout Scotland. The teen participants are also being professionally mentored in their chosen forms and genres, and will be showcasing work completed during their mentorship on the programme at the two-day conference.