Several script ideas by Lighthouse Young Writers have been shortlisted in the BBC New Creatives scheme and could see their work made for broadcast.

And another has won a national poetry competition that will see his work published in a new anthology.

Five of the current intake of writers aged 16+ have been invited to attend two free training days in Bristol to learn more about BBC New Creatives, the process of audio production and how to market themselves as creatives.

“This is really exciting news for Young Writers, a quarter of the current intake has been shortlisted, but it has given all of them a huge confidence boost,” says Perdie Bargh, Lighthouse Creative Engagement Officer.

Jointly funded by BBC Arts Introducing… and Arts Council England, BBC New Creatives offers an exciting opportunity for emerging talent aged 16-30 to get work made for broadcast. Shortly before Christmas the Young Writers met with Jeremy Routledge, founding director of Calling the Shots, the company that runs New Creatives for the South West region, and pitched their ideas.

Five of those writers – Evie Wright, Esme Hide, Hannah Gough, Helen Turnock and Rosie Parkin – have now been shortlisted and having visited the BBC in Bristol will then receive script development training with Calling the Shots and ArtfulScribe, the writer development agency, before resubmitting their work for the next stage.

If their applications make it beyond the shortlist stage, they will be assigned a budget and their work will be recorded and played across all BBC platforms.

Lighthouse Young Writers achieved further success as 12-year-old Dean Smith won the Let It Snow! national poetry competition to write a piece about winter. The winning poem will be published in an anthology.

“We’re so proud of Dean,” adds Perdie. “Winning a national competition is a massive achievement and now he’ll see his work in print.”

Designed to foster creativity, self-expression and excitement about writing Lighthouse Young Writers workshops are offered in association with ArtfulScribe as part of the DO:Write literature development project in Dorset. The free workshops are for 11- to 18-year-olds split into two groups, 11-14 and 15-18, that meet weekly at Lighthouse to explore a wide range of written art-forms from short story-telling and creative non-fiction to scriptwriting and performance poetry.

Published 6 February 2020