It’s our third and final day of The Savages tour across Angus with The Scottish Book Trust. Together with the road crew, namely Beth and Antonia, we’ve staged events at six schools to 355 pupils. I’d love to share rock and roll tales of excess but this is a literary venture. The edgiest thing we did involved buying hot water bottles to get us through the nights in our freezing hotel rooms – bottles with insulated covers to be on the safe side.
Despite not driving the Savage Wagon into a swimming pool, I’ve had a great time meeting so many enthusiastic young readers and writers. I leave in the knowledge that I’ve ruined their enjoyment of books, film and even video games this weekend, having broken down everything from The Hunger Games to Wizard of Oz and Call of Duty into what are essentially the same story components. As writers, however, it’s our job to see behind the scenes in life and understand how stories are put together. It’s the surest way to improve our command of the written word, I believe, and make full use of the imagination.
Before I leave, I want to thank Beth, Antonia and everyone at the Scottish Book Trust, as well as the staff and pupils at Arbroath High School, Monifieth High School, Breichin High School, Websters High School, Montrose Academy and Forfar Academy. It’s been emotional. It’s been cold. It involved a lot of chocolate and I’d do it all again like a shot.