Magic Torch work with schools and community groups to tell stories using comics. They believe comics are an excellent way to promote literacy and creative thinking and also to engage new audiences and reluctant readers.

The group received £7,250 from players of People's Postcode Lottery to develop a comic book, known as Light Years, based upon the stories and recollections of over-65s in the Inverclyde area. The project worked to explore hopes, dreams, stories and memories through the medium of written and visual imagery.

In addition to their work creating comics with groups, Magic Torch also produces a range of comics and graphic novels based on folklore and heritage. Members of the group have addressed national and international conferences to discuss how comics can tell community stories.

Other current projects by Magic Torch include working with a group of Syrian children who have recently settled in Inverclyde and a graphic novel telling the story of a local housing association and its tenants.

Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "This has turned out to be a fantastic artistic collaboration and we are pleased that players have supported Magic Torch's project. Using comic books to tackle isolation experienced by older people is a great idea. Everyone involved must be proud that their stories and artwork are now being enjoyed by a wider audience online for free."

You can read the comic book Light Years online, or check out other Magic Torch publications.

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Magic Torch uses comics to explore hopes, dreams, stories and memories (image credit: George Munro)