• News about Young People and Ethical Narratives

    Interesting article in The National today by Fiona McCulloch, ‘Stories with a happy ending’ is asking important questions about the benefits of reading – can we develop a social conscience by reading the right stuff?How does a positive and ethical narrative  relate to possible futures and aspirations for our current young adults in Scotland?

    I live the quote from Ursula K. Le Guin: “We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel … it is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.” –

    I agree with Fiona’s view that: ‘if our youth are continually offered narratives of hope, belief and social responsibility, then that can only inspire them to achieve their full potential in a nation rejuvenated since devolution. ‘

    Fiona McCulloch was Lynn Wood Neag Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut 2015. She is speaking at a symposium on Scottish Children’s Literature: Forgotten Histories, New Perspectives & JM Barrie at The Solway Centre, Dumfries, on June 26-27.

    Read more at The National, Stories with a happy Ending






Born in 1958 and brought up in Blantyre in a family of seven. Moved to Glasgow in 1976 and stayed until 2012. Then I moved back to Hamilton where I had attended secondary school, for 4 years. Home is now Glasgow, again, I am a weegie through 'n through. I have two daughters, and four granddaughters who all light up my life. My experience of working with poetry, writing, reading and so on is from my childhood. One of my poems was published in a school magazine when I was 12. I am now trying to publish my first grown-up booklet of poems within the next year or so. I trained and studied to become a librarian from 1977. It was the one job I wanted since reading in Hamilton Townhouse Library in the early 1970's!I watched the staff and thought, I'd like to work here... Bibliotherapy came into my life in 2007, at Glasgow Women's Library.


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