A young woman from Plymouth who suffers from cerebral palsy is encouraging schoolchildren to appreciate reading and writing after the creative benefits helped her living with her condition.
Emma-Louise Marriott (19) is hosting creative writing workshops at schools in the Plymouth area to inspire Year 6 and 7 pupils (10-12 years of age) to use their imaginations away from technology.
Using objects, scenarios, and characters as stimulus, Emma works with the schoolchildren to create short stories about anything they can think of to include those objects.
“I want to encourage more school children to read and write for pleasure, because I believe that the skill of using the imagination is often lost at a young age.
“It's a shame that children are gradually turning away from books and from creative outlets in general," she said.
“I was almost always enthusiastic about English but a lot of my classmates would complain about having to read something for homework and said they would rather play on their computers.
“Reading and writing has also really helped me to escape from the challenges and set-backs I have had living with cerebral palsy,” said Emma.
Emma, who is publishing her first novel later this year, was thrilled by the ideas children produced at her latest workshops at Wembury Primary School, and Plymstock School
“The stories some of the young people came up with were fantastic,” she said.
“I hope that my project will help future generations - by instilling the enthusiasm and importance of reading and writing to children, I believe they can carry this through life into adulthood and pass onto their future children.”