‘Express Yourself’ – an event exploring what young people like to read

What nicer way is there to end the working week than to find something to really look forward to next week? We received a press release from Hot Key about this event next Tuesday, and thought it looked like so great we wanted to share it with you.

‘Express Yourself’ event part of Word 2013 festival

Tuesday 21 May, 6.30-8pm, Platform Youth Hub, Hornsey Road

 As part of Islington’s Word 2013 festival, Platform Youth Hub is running ‘Express Yourself’, an exclusive event in collaboration with All Change, Platform Youth Hub, Islington Libraries, Hot Key Books and Edge Writers Group.

Express Yourself is a youth led panel discussion exploring what young people like to read and what kind of work they like to create. Hosted by young women and men aged 13-19 living and studying in Islington in partnership with best selling authors from Hot Key Books and the Edge Writers Group. The event gives anybody interested in literature the opportunity to hear directly from young people about what inspires them and to engage in a lively and interactive discussion that will stretch the minds and thoughts of both the panel and the audience.

This event is the culmination of ‘Write Ideas’, an exciting series of workshops based around reading and creative writing, which ran at Platform from 26 February – 21 May 2013.  ‘Write Ideas’ aimed to excite and engage young people in the written word from writing fiction to screen plays as well as introducing them to creative industries and careers from book publishing to filmmaking. The Write Ideas project is a co-production with young people. It has been developed and will be delivered in collaboration with Peer-leaders from All Change’s B Project for young women and Platform’s Young Creative Producers aged 15-23 years.

Suzanne Lee, Artistic Director of All Change says: ‘Write Ideas is a really exciting initiative for young people – designed in partnership with them. It provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to meet and work with published authors who write for young audiences, and professionals working in the world of publishing – bringing story-making to life and inspiring new readers, writers, editors and publishers for the future.’

Desara Bosnja, B Project Peer Leader (age 20) says ‘Write Ideas is a great opportunity to explore creative ways of story telling- the idea that everything comes from a story and we can express it in many mediums. The opportunity to work with professional writers, authors and publishers is extremely inspirational and motivating, whether or not you are pursuing a future as a writer, publisher or author. It’s an exciting and creative way to approach literacy.

To find out more about the organisations involved, have a look at their sites:

Hot Key Books  All Change  The B Project  The Edge

Islington Libraries  Platform  Word Festival

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