Authors Live: Unheard Voices

Our panel gathered to discuss the unheard voices in the writing industry, and why it's important for young people to ensure theirs is heard. 

With host Janice Forsyth was Alex Wheatle, YA and adult author; Anni Cameron, poet and photographer; and Dave Hook, Scottish rapper from hip hop band Stanley Odd. All 3 of our panellists have faced barriers in breaking into the writing industry, coming up against race, class, age and nationality, and they spoke about how these factors gave them a unique perspective, that they share in their writing. You can find out more about our panellists here.

We’ve got some great resources that support the video, including a teaching resource on exploring hip hop and spoken word in the classroom, a written interview with Ayisha (who sadly had to pull out due to illness), which can be used as a close reading text; a blog from rapper Dave Hook on finding your voice (complete with teaching points); and a moving piece from Alex, talking about how his childhood in care influences and inspires his writing.

A full transcipt of this event is available here.

For shorter clips from this event please visit the BBC Scotland Learning website.

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