London – 13th May 2014: A group of Young Ambassadors supported by Brighton based literature development agency, New Writing South, presented a Manifesto (https://www.newwritingsouth.com/Manifesto), which champions the importance of creative writing for young people, at theHouse of Commons yesterday afternoon.
MP Caroline Lucas showed her support for the manifesto and provided an introduction to what she described as “a creative, expressive and beautifully crafted message.” She highlighted her concern around a narrower curriculum in schools and stressed the importance of nurturing creativity.
New Writing South’s Squad Ambassadors are young writers aged 13-17 who are passionate about creative writing. Having taken part in the Writer Squad scheme, they have been selected to represent their region and speak for the next emerging generation of writers.
The ambassadors want their manifesto to be read, publicised and promoted by everyone from teachers, to MPs to authors and everyone in between. They want to raise awareness of the importance of creative writing, both in and outside of school.
“Yesterday’s event was a wonderful example of the value of listening to our young people and we are grateful to Caroline Lucas for giving them this platform.” said Clare Thurman, Creative Learning Manager at New Writing South.
The Young Writers Manifesto demonstrates the importance of creative expression and our young ambassadors highlighted their wish for Michael Gove to take note and recognise the need to create more space in the curriculum for every child to experience a creative education,” Clare continued.
During the session, MP Caroline Lucas sighted the Polish actress, Helena Modjeska, who famously said:
“Whether it is the beautiful that brings to our hearts the love of truth and justice, or whether it is truth that teaches us how to find the beautiful in nature and how to love it, in either case art does a noble work.”
“It drags out the soul from its everyday shell, and brings it under the spell of its own mysterious and wonderful power, so that a memory of this experience stays with the people, sustains them in their daily labors, and refines their minds.”
The event took place at the House of Commons, Westminster, between 4-5pm on 12th May.