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Young writers see their work published
12:58pm Monday 11th March 2013 in News
YOUNGSTERS in care have officially become writers following the publication of an anthology of their poems and short stories.
Thirty-eight young people from North Yorkshire, aged from six to 16, have contributed to the book, Every Picture Tells a Story, which was compiled by staff from ELAC, the Education for Looked After Children Virtual School.
The writing covers everything from family to love, from Olympic dreams to royalty and their own aspirations for the future – and been praised by celebrated playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn.
Poet Craig Bradley and storyteller Christine McMahon contributed with their own writing tips and examples of their work and attended the launch at Northallerton library along with the children and young people themselves.
The county’s executive member for children and young people, Tony Hall, said: “This is a wonderful anthology and a great achievement and is a testament to the talent and resilience of these children and young people.”
Playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn and Olympic silver medallist Nicola Wilson have both written their own pieces for the book to show their support.
"I’m honoured to be associated with this project,” said Sir Alan.
“Creative writing is for me the act of sharing your private innermost self in public. Given the hardships that some of these kids have had to endure, I feel all the more privileged that they have allowed me a glimpse of their dreams."
The book is available, price £6.99, from WH Smith in Northallerton and from larger libraries around the county from March 18. An e-book should also be available within the next couple of weeks. For further information contact ELAC Virtual School on 0845 034 9589.