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19th Sep 2016

Suddenly Ross shouted 'boo' which shot the audience into fright then laughter, which was perfect to demonstrate his point!

There were approximately 240 pupils - Rattray, Kirkmichael, Newhill and St Stephens Primary Schools and two classes of S1 from Blair High School attended with staff and parents – in attendance when author Ross McKenzie was guest speaker at our latest Bookmark in Schools event.

He spoke about fear and reaction to fear. Suddenly he shouted 'boo' (into the mike) which shot the audience, including our Bookmark volunteers, into fright then laughter which was perfect to demonstrate his point!

He went on to tell of his unthinkable fear, like losing his mum, was how he started writing this dark magical story wherein he created an imaginative town, similar to the old  places  in the East Neuk of Fife, with ancient cottages, creepy and magic narrow ways where you could hear the walls whispering, or see spiders and  things in shadows. To illustrate this he read two passages from his book, which brought in his main character, Kirby.

Questions at the end included What was his favourite book; how did he start writing, have you had a book made into a film yet etc - most he gave long personal answers to but one which raised gales of laughter was the answer to his question - 'What's your worst nightmare?' The response - "Not having wifi!"

Many thanks to Ross for such an engaging talk, which undoubtedly had the attention of the entire audience!

A particular thank you to Newhill Primary pupil, Arran, who ran around sorting the roving mike and the stand mike!


Bookmark is a great festival and I hope it goes from strength to strength.

Martin Bell (author)

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