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