Young writers from across Test Valley gathered at The Lights in Andover to see their work brought to life on stage.

They had all taken part in the first Celebrate Young Writing Anthology 2015 which was open to 11-21 year olds in the Test Valley.

The project was the brainchild of author Cat Randle of Brilliant Solutions who for many years had wanted to help local young writers promote their work.

“I have been blown away by the depth of the talent on display. These young people have written about real life and real emotions and the audience cried, laughed and clapped along with them. I know these young writers will be our future story tellers. This fantastic event wouldn’t have happened without all the support I received from Test Valley Arts Foundation, Be Wiser, Bees’ Knees Books, the Long Overdue Theatre Company, Testbourne Community School, Ruby Slippers Dance School and Lisa Groves and Krissie Allon. It was great community theatre,” said Cat.

The event was well supported by family and friends who watched some of the poems, sketches and writing be brought to life by the Long Overdue Theatre Company and Ruby Slippers Dance School. Pupils from Testbourne School created films of the authors work. The showcase also featured poems, dances, power point poems and films.

The chairman of Test Valley Arts Foundation Yinnon Ezra MBE said to the young writers at the end of the showcase, “I hope you will carry on writing without writers of the future we will all be living in silence.”

All the entries have been published in an e-book. These are available from The printed version will go on sale later this month.

Wesley Leonard from Be Wiser, project co-ordinator said, “It’s been fantastic to be part of this and see all the young authors have their work published.”

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