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A literature festival - by young people for young people

PUBLISHED: 18:50 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 07:04 27 September 2018

Pupils taking part in the young people's literature festival. Picture: National Centre for Writing

Pupils taking part in the young people's literature festival. Picture: National Centre for Writing

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A group of school pupils have been given the opportunity to run their own literature festival which will form part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2019.

Sixteen teenagers aged 15-17 from schools across Norfolk have been set the challenge of organising a festival on the theme of ‘social activism’ by the National Centre for Writing in Norwich. They will be responsible for every aspect of the festival including booking the writers, managing the budget and selling tickets.

One of the pupils taking part, Maud Webster, 17, from City of Norwich School said: “I feel young people’s voices are often neglected so to be given so much freedom to create such a special event is amazing. I am excited about all the skills we’ll develop.”

Hannah Garrard, programme manager at the National Centre for Writing, said: “We want to invigorate the literature festival format and put it in the hands of some fresh, young talent.”

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