A local author returned to his former high school this week, following the publication of his first novel.
Pupils and Ross Sayers

Ross Sayers, a local writer who has recently become a published author with his debut novel, Mary’s the Name, is a former pupil of Bannockburn High School and Braehead Primary School.

He visited Bannockburn High to meet with Advanced Higher English pupils to talk about his writing method and offer some advice on starting out in the literary world.

Ross said: “It was a real pleasure to visit my old high school, and chat to the Advanced Higher English class. I read from 'Mary's the Name', and was delighted with their feedback. I'm always keen for new people to like wee Mary! We also discussed creative writing, which is part of their English course. I offered up some tips and tricks I use, which will hopefully help them in future!”

Bannockburn High Head James McParland said: “This was a fantastic experience for our Advanced Higher pupils and the first of our events working with Ross. It was also great to welcome pupils from Braehead Primary School who also enjoyed a question and answer session with Ross. Being a former pupil of both schools, Ross demonstrates what can be achieved through hard work and commitment; we wish him well for the forthcoming book launch.”

Stirling Council’s Education Convenor Alistair Berrill said: “I hope that this visit will be an inspiration, not just to the Advanced Higher English class, but the whole school. We all feel a real pride in the achievements of former pupils of our old schools.”

The official launch of Mary’s The Name will be held in Waterstones, Stirling on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at 6.30pm.

Pictured L-R are Head of Bannockburn High James McParland, pupils Eva Crawford-McKee and Holly Jenkinson, author Ross Sayers. Pupils Morgan Bell and Tamaryn Dick, and Acting Principal Teacher of Languages and Literacy Mrs Molly Rae.