Well-known author pays a visit to Forfar Academy to inspire pupils

Secondary school pupils in Forfar and Kirriemuir sank their teeth into a writing workshop with a difference last week when bestselling author Matt Whyman visited the area.

As part of the fifth Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour of 2013 over two thirds of Angus High Schools were invited to host a workshop with Matt in his darkly comic world of teenage fiction.

Matt Whyman visits Forfar Academy.

Matt Whyman visits Forfar Academy.

Matt is a bestselling author and resident agony uncle for both Bliss Magazine and BBC Radio 1’s The Surgery with Aled.

Writing for both adults and young adults, Matt explores various themes in his novels, memoirs and advice columns.

His previous young adult books have been shortlisted for many prestigious awards and he focused on his latest critically acclaimed work, ‘The Savages’, about a family of cannibals which offers a macabre look at modern life.

Matt visited six schools during the tour of Angus, ending with Forfar Academy on December 6.

He said: “It was a great honour to visit schools across Angus and celebrate books and writing with the students.

“Thanks to Scottish Friendly and Scottish Book Trust, I enjoyed three days of lively conversation and hopefully inspired young writers of every ability.

“I struggled at school, but it was the pen and paper that rescued me. I’m now a firm believer that learning to express yourself confidently with the written word will take you places in life - as I hope my trip to Scotland demonstrated!”

Calum Bennie, communications manager at Scottish Friendly, added: “We’ve had some fantastic authors take part in the tour this year and Matt Whyman is no exception. I’ve no doubt the children were thoroughly entertained by his stories. When we set up the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour the idea was to inspire the authors of tomorrow and having first class literary talent available to present to kids across the UK is a great way to achieve that goal.”