Young People

English PEN provides creative writing and free speech learning opportunities for young people in schools, colleges and community centres all over the UK.

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Exploring everything from faith to citizenship to slam poetry, English PEN works in partnership with schools like New VIc (Newham Sixth Form College), ARK Globe Academy and ARK Elvin Academy in London, and with youth/community centres like the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre in Manchester, to deliver projects that give young people the tools and space to express themselves on the issues that matter most to them.

English PEN publishes anthologies of writing by young people who have taken part in workshops. 2014 saw the publication of (un)MUTE, a collection of poetry by young writers from New VIc edited by workshop facilitators Joelle Taylor and Kat Lewis. In 2015, writer Femi Martin and designer Brett Evans Biedscheid led the New VIc Brave New Voices Collective in a writing and designing project which culminated in the publication of Write the Wrong.

Read (un)MUTE, Write the Wrong and other publications from English PEN’s Readers and Writers programme here.

Recent activities

Ayah Benberna photoAyah Benberna: Brave New Words graduate wins university scholarship

Ayah is one of only 25 Adobe Creativity 2015 scholars! Here, she discusses media, her inspirations and doing workshops with English PEN.


CROPPED WRITE THE WRONG JACKETWrite the Wrong

A new anthology of poems, stories and thoughts from young writers at Newham Sixth Form College, published June 2015. As well as writing contributions, the young people were involved in the edit and design of the book.


eu-and-me-portalBetween EU and ME

A year-long project about citizenship and identity, working with schools in England and Europe and community youth groups in London, Manchester and Dublin. Read more about the project, and listen to Playing With Words, a podcast of the closing celebration event.