Injured author inspires hope in students

Friday August 16, 2019 Written by Published in Education
Author Alistair McIntyre listens as a Tereora College student reads his children’s book. 19081532 Author Alistair McIntyre listens as a Tereora College student reads his children’s book. 19081532

Recovering from a work accident in which his arm was crushed 33 years ago, when he was 25, Alistair McIntyre spiralled downwards coping with his physical injury, and suffered from mental illness.

 

Ten years later, he faced his biggest fears – reading and writing; held a pen and took to writing a children’s book.

McIntyre always had dreams of writing a book. So, at 37 years of age McIntyre went back to school to improve his writing skills; he was amazed that Jean Smith his teacher when he was 7 years old was still teaching there.

In 1997 he started writing, his first self-published book came out in December 2000. Having worked in the construction business, McIntyre has based his children’s books on a digger named Doug.

He has visited hundreds of schools in New Zealand, hoping to inspire kids to write, and teaching kids about construction machinery.

Yesterday, he paid a visit to Tereora College, talking with students about the art of writing.

“Just write, don’t hesitate, don’t worry about the spelling or punctuation marks.”

Doug the Digger – The Need for Teeth and Doug the Digger – The Need for Listening books are available online.

 

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