RLS Writer in Residence, Wyl Menmuir, makes long list for Man Booker 2016 award
By Jack Clatworthy and Matthew Lamb
Author of the thrilling book ‘The Many’ Wyl Menmiur couldn’t believe he had been nominated for such a prestigious award shortly after completing an online course in creative writing and finishing his first novel.
The Cornish coast became the inspiration for the mystery, horror and suspense novel written by a literacy consultant and freelance editor Wyl Menmuir.
Despite all the rocketing sales and growing recognition we are proud to say Wyl is still the Richard Lander School Writer in Residence and continues to spark our passion for writing and help us with our own short stories. We interviewed Wyl about working with our students and what it’s like to be an author. He told us:
“It’s a real privilege to work with the amazing students here at Richard Lander with their crazy and brilliant ideas that could go on to be novels and even win awards. However, my main goal is to just help students enjoy their writing in general.”
Wyl, who moved to Cornwall 3 years ago, writes from his van which he has tenderly named Skye. We had a look around Skye and look forward to going on our own cliff top writing experience with Wyl in the school minibus.
As a result of being long listed for the Man Booker award, Wyl was able to attend an exclusive event in Hyde Park alongside authors and judges. He described the event as an amazing experience saying that it felt truly special meeting other people who share his passion.
We believe having an author, particularly one like Wyl who has been nominated for awards, is a truly wonderful opportunity and enhances our learning and creative writing ability. We wish Wyl the best of luck for his next book.