I am running Brighton Marathon 2016 in support of young writers in the South East!
Running an organisation (!) called New Writing South
, I know that writers and runners alike train very hard to cross their finish lines - whether that’s completing a novel, a marathon, a poetry collection or a parkrun.
Brighton is full of writers and runners (often they are both!), so I thought there is no better marathon to run in support of young writers.
New Writing South gives young people the freedom to write creatively, particularly those who face barriers to taking part in the arts. After all, what can be more liberating than a blank page and your imagination. Well, maybe a pair of running shoes…
is all about helping young writers go further.
Each £200 I raise will go to one talented young writer, aged between 16-25.
This will provide a £50 writing fee (for a short piece on the theme of ‘finish lines’) and £150 to go towards their own project and the costs of being a writer - and a young person - today.
This team of young writers will be drawn from the many young people New Writing South has worked with over recent years. There’ll be more info about who the writers are as I make progress! For inspiration, read the Young Writers Manifesto
by our Young Writers Ambassadors.
We’re also hoping to run Finish Lines activities in the lead up to the Brighton Marathon, including:
- free writing prompts and energy gels from The Writers’ Place
- twitter stories on the theme of #finishlines
- poetry to inspire you during the Brighton Marathon weekend
so much for your support - here’s to running and writing and crossing our Finish Lines!