A young woman from Plymouth is encouraging young people across the region to explore their creativity through reading and writing. Her story has been featured on ITV’s The West Country Tonight.
Emma-Louise Marriott (19) suffers from cerebral palsey, but has often found that reading and writing helps her escape to places she may not necessarily be able to go.
She came up with the idea of holding workshops for children to re-ignite their imaginations after watching her little brothers spend too much time on their computer games.
She visits secondary schools across the Plymouth area, talking to 11-13 year olds and helping them to think of and write the most crazy, colourful and fantastic stories they can.
“The idea is to get their work from the workshops into a book that the children will get some kind of thrill from, by seeing their work in print,” she said.
Emma hopes that by publishing the children’s work in an anthology to be distributed in local schools, and by acting as an example herself, she can encourage others to express themselves and find their imaginations in reading and writing – even, possibly, become a published author like her.
Emma described how reading and writing gave such meaning to her life: “It’s really good to read a book or write something because then I’m not this disabled person, I’m somebody else and that’s a great form of escape – and probably would be for a lot of children.”