Alan Buckley, Writer-in-Residence

‘Time and again I see that young writers just starting out already have the essence of their own unique voice. This voice is coupled with a freshness and vitality that comes from writing instinctively, and from not being caught up in complicated ideas of what ‘a writer’ can and can’t do. The clarity of that voice is sometimes lost as the young writer becomes an adult, and learns certain rules about how they ‘should’ write. For me, this makes it even more of a privilege to be there at the start, and the excitement of hearing young writers finding their voice for the first time is one of the main reasons I’m drawn to this work.’


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