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Cancer support writing group publish first book

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A writing group for people going through or recovering from cancer treatment has published its first book.The creative writing group meets every Monday and the book includes stories from the first-time writers about everything from World War Two to baking a cake.Rays of Hope was set up in 2015 by Linda O’Malley to offer support to people going through or recovering from cancer treatment.Originally launched as an outreach project at Elderslie’s East Gate Church, the project now runs a number of support groups, from creative writing and scrapbooking to gentle exercise sessions and cookery – from its dedicated Rainbow Centre.Don't miss the latest headlines from around Renfrewshire.

Sign up to our newsletters here.The book, which is the first one the writing group has compiled, includes short stories, poems, blog posts and not all of them are about cancer.Linda said: “The stories are about different things.

One of our members, who’s sadly since passed away, wrote a lovely story about World War Two.“Another person wrote about their own life, one is about making a cake, another is about selling a watch.

There’s a bit of everything in there.”Members of the writing group went along to a special launch of their book at the Rainbow Centre in Elderslie.And they were delighted to see the stunning cover image of the book which depicts two elephants on a globe.Linda said: “The book has a fabulous front cover.

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