Keith Gray joins us for the 100th episode of Authors Live to share his latest, highly original novella, The Climbers – a story that looks at male friendship, rivalry and belonging. In this broadcast, Keith treats us to a reading from The Climbers and speaks on combining your experiences with your imagination to create your own wonderful short stories. Keith is one of the best writers for teenagers that the UK has produced, and excels in finding the remarkable stories that exist in everyday life.
Shorter clips of the event are available on the BBC Scotland Learning website.
If you only do one thing...
We know time is tight so here is just one activity you could do with your class before or after watching the event.
Write your own 100 word story (LIT 3-20a, LIT 3-23a)
In the broadcast we heard from Notre Dame High School who wrote a 100 word story on friendship. Try and write your own! Remember Keith’s tip about cutting out everything that doesn’t lead to your ending. Think you can half your word count? Have a look at our monthly 50 Word Fiction competition!
Looking for more fantastic books for teenage readers? The Climbers is featured on our #ReadScottishTeenBooks resource alongside some other excellent, homegrown titles.