Rural retreat provides inspiration for talented students

Talented young writers from Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College channelled their creativity during an idyllic escape to the Scottish highlands.

Moniack Mhor

Year 12 and 13 students recently returned from Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s national creative writing centre, in the rolling hills near Loch Ness.

The students lived and worked alongside two professional writers for the week, novelist Kevin MacNeil and Laura Marne, who led a number of University-style creative workshops and held one-to-one tutorials.

Inspired by the stunning scenery, students were also given their own time and space to work on their writing before regrouping in the evening to cook dinner as a team.

There was also time to enjoy a traditional Gaelic Ceilidh, which involved everyone reading from their own work, a favourite novel or poem, singing a song or giving a lecture.”

Moniack Mhor

English teacher, Thomas Conolly, said: “The students’ participation was amazing, highlights included Robyn Gage’s lecture on amphibians and Maia Windsor’s rendition of Halleluiah.

“We were also entertained brilliantly by Sir John Deane’s Battle of the Bands winners ‘The Window Tourists’.

“All in all it was a fantastic trip!”

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