Celebrating a School Publication of Pupils' Writing
‘The Doon Review’ is a quarterly journal run by school library assistant, Chris Kelso, and featuring short stories, reviews and illustrations by Doon academy students. If you want to know more about how to set up a school publication, Chris has blogged for us in the past about how the Doon Review is collated and printed.
To celebrate the release of the sixth edition of the Doon Review, we’d like to showcase some of the best work from this issue. You can download it here!
In 'Toadstools' we join a charismatic teenage boy and his imaginary companion, Baxter, as they explore the deepest nooks of the Patna forest while under the influence of a brain-bending fungus.
Reece's story, 'Tourists,' follows two urban spelunkers who decide to investigate the abandoned premises of Gartloch Asylum! A chilling read run through with dark humour.
Also in Fiction
Laura Coughtrie's story, 'The Purple Pen', is a surreal fantasy about two people who are cosmically bound by fate...and a bizarre means of communication!
Hannah Carrol's story, 'Youth', is a heart-wrenching true story about loss, hope and everything in between.
Barry Alison - I’ve always been into cars and was able to draw from memory, because I play ‘Paradise City’ on the Playstation 3 a lot. My mum was really pleased I got in the issue. I know how hard it is to make the final cut!
In the non-fiction section, regular reviewer Ryan Bartolo elaborated on his homage to the band ‘Runrig’:
On a Sunday I would buy cassette tapes at the charity shops. One evening I was rifling through the tape basket and I found a Runrig album. I bought it on a whim and it turned out to be one of the best things I’d ever heard. The tape was a bit worse for wear, though. Scotch tape makes miracles!
Miss Davidson, English teacher, says, “The latest issue of the Doon Review has really impressed me, it might be out strongest yet! I was bowled over by the range of work on display and I’m so proud of the contributors for really raising the bar in terms of standard and effort!”
You can download the 6th edition of the Doon Review here. If you enjoyed this blog post from Chris Kelso, why not check out his tips for encouraging pupils to write? Chris is also a writer and you can check out his work at his website.
For more tips to inspire pupils to write, why not take a browse through our resources section?