Matt Turpin, UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature

‘The first student on stage is evidently nervous. Beforehand, she is huddled with fellow teenagers who are telling her she will be OK. Eventually, she makes her way to the stage, flanked by her friends, and addresses the watching crowd. She takes a second to speak, and her nerves causes a false start. A friend gives her a reassuring pat on the shoulder, and she begins again, strongly: “Your life will be changed,” she says “This is the only place where I have seen my dreams become a reality.”’

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