AN award-winning author is set to inspire people across Renfrewshire as part of Paisley Book Festival.
Kerry Hudson, whose first novel Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma won the Scottish First Book Award in 2012, will use the power of written and spoken word to make literature and a love for writing more accessible to communities.
The Paisley Book Festival, which is delivered by OneRen, will run over four days from Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 19 and will bring some of the best writers to the town for discussions and events.
Kerry, who lives in Glasgow but is originally from Aberdeen, will bring taster sessions to communities across Renfrewshire as part of her role as Artist in Residence at the festival.
She said: “I think that Writer in Service would be a more appropriate title, as I really believe that when you take on a role like this, you then work for the people in that community.
“I want to create an environment that is safe and enjoyable, especially for those who might be completely new to writing and live literature, empowering people along the way.
“It can be incredibly intimidating to step into a space where you’re expected to simply create, learn or experiment if you haven’t done so before – and I know that from my own personal experience.
“Through our informal taster sessions, often held in unexpected places, we can help people to experiment with writing, exploring their imagination, and hopefully building their confidence and creativity.”
OneRen’s Louise Oliver, producer at Paisley Book Festival, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Kerry to the team and I have no doubt that she will be a huge hit with the people of Renfrewshire.
“One of the core aims of the festival is to bring the joy of literature and writing to our communities and we know that the only way we can do that is by reaching out to people.
“Kerry is not only a widely acclaimed and accomplished author, but she is a teacher with a strong history of working with communities both at home and abroad.
“Kerry knows about the barriers that sometimes come with emerging creativity and she knows how to help people to find their own love for the written and spoken word.
“I would urge everyone to look out for Kerry’s workshops and taster sessions in the months ahead.”
Full details of Kerry’s sessions at locations across Renfrewshire will be announced from late November into January.
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