Young People

English PEN provides creative writing and free speech learning opportunities for young people.

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English PEN provides creative writing and free speech learning opportunities for young people.

For example, thanks to support from the EU Commission, in 2014 we ran a year-long project about citizenship and identity, working with schools in England and Europe and community youth groups in London, Manchester and Dublin, including the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit and the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre in Manchester. The project involved creative writing workshops, talks at school assemblies and letter writing exchanges and culminated in a celebration event held at Europe House in London, hosted by Nick Revell and featuring other European comedians Marcel Lucont and Matthew Perret and spoken-word artists Avaes Mohammed and Joelle Taylor. There were also poetry performances by some of the young people who took part in the project from ARK Globe Academy and NewVIc (Newham Sixth Form College).

You can view a photoset online and listen to a podcast of this event.