2012 MAY be remembered in literary circles for the '50 Shades of Grey' phenomenon but down in Skerries a creative writing class continues to create its own publishing storm.
Students from the Megan Wynne creative writing classes have just launched their annual Christmas book, which this year is entitled 'A Stocking Full of Stories' with all profits going to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.
Last year some 300 copies were sold but that wasn't enough to meet demand so this year 500 were published and the publication contains some beautifully crafted prose. The launch took place at a packed Ardgillan Castle and featured readings from the new publication, which got the Christmas season off to a fantastic start.. Each year the students nominate a charity to receive profits from the sales. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association, St. Vincent de Paul, Remember Us and Turn the Tide of Suicide have all benefited in the past. The books cost €7 and is now in sale at The Skerries Bookshop, Skerries Mills and C&T's Supermarket, and other outlets in Malahide and Donabate. Megan began her weekly creative writing classes for adults and children in November 2007 in Skerries Bookshop. One adult student attended that very first class in November 2007 and still attends the writing classes today, Barbara Coleman, has become Megan's right hand woman - co-editing the now annual book of Christmas stories and promoting Megan's classes to all who'll listen. Some students have had their stories published, won national writing competitions and received excellent grades for English at school. Others are working on novels, one has published his own memoir and novel, and another has gone on to complete the Masters in Creative Writing in Trinity College Dublin.