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Here’s what young people say about the groups:
“I now have more confidence and ideas for my writing. I have learnt to enjoy writing more.”
“I like sharing ideas with others who are also enthusiastic about writing.”
“I enjoy the freedom to write around others who also enjoy it.”
“I love having quiet time to write – something that I don’t really get at home.”
“When I am writing I feel like all of the background noise is replaced by my own thoughts.”
“Making great friends whilst sharing great ideas”
(a collaborative poem written by Ashbourne Young Writers, inspired by Andrew Telford’s poem Six Ways to Look at a Very Hungry Caterpillar)
It’s when something wonderful happens
Unexpectedly or when you just don’t understand.
It is in the spaces in the wall that we can see through,
The colour of things that grown in fields.
It is edible, enjoyed by people with a sweet tooth,
It is lips touching.
It’s wanting everything but not wanting to share
And not knowing what to do; feeling uncomfortable,
A feeling of embarrassment that triggers a silence
Impossible to fill.
It’s wanting something good to happen
All that’s left after a fire, all that’s left of a life.