The look on Glyn’s face as he came up the stairs to a room abuzz with past and present students, tutors, committee members and grateful parents and friends said it all. You all managed to keep his retirement party a secret!
Last week, Glyn, Fran and their extended family members were thanked for their service to The School for Young Writers over 24 years. Memories were shared and tributes read. A beautiful book of stories, poems and letters of thanks from those who could not make the party was presented, along with a special bottle and set of glasses.
Glyn established The School for Young Writers in a classroom at The Arts Centre of Christchurch in 1993. In the 24 years of Glyn’s leadership the school has grown to oversee six Saturday morning classes, hundreds of workshops in schools across the country, holiday programmes, distance learning and teacher professional development opportunities, as well as the publication of ReDraft (now in its 17th year) and the Write On magazine.
At the end of 2017, Glyn is stepping down from his role as director with the knowledge that his creation is a thriving and vibrant organisation. Glyn’s expertise and dedication to young people’s writing and publication will be greatly missed. He will continue to edit and publish ReDraft from 2018 and his number will be on “fast dial” for whenever we need him. We’re just worried that he won’t hear the phone from the far end of the vegetable garden!