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Cat Hepburn, Chris McQueer and Nadine Aisha Jassat: Young Scottish Voices panel

Language: English, Scots
Genre: Identity, Inspiration, Poetry, Scotland
Age group: 12-14, 15-18
Audience: Young People

In this Book Week Scotland special, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Chris McQueer and Cat Hepburn take to the stage to showcase their writing and share how young people can use their voices and experiences in writing and storytelling.

Cat Hepburn is an award-winning scriptwriter and spoken word artist who has written for stage, screen and page. Her poetry has been featured on BBC 6 Music, ITV and the Edinburgh Fringe. Chris McQueer is a writer from Glasgow. He has written two collections of short stories, Hings and HWFG. Hings was recently adapted as a short series for BBC Scotland and won the 2018 Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection. Nadine Aisha Jassat is an award-winning writer and author of poetry collection Let Me Tell You This, shortlisted for a Scottish Herald Award for Outstanding Literature.

Pupils at Smithycroft Secondary interviewed Chris, Nadine and Cat after this event and created a podcast in partnership with the BBC Scotland Learning team. Listen to the podcast on BBC Sounds.(this will open in a new window)

Our performance poetry learning resource(this will open in a new window) is full of ideas for activities that complement this event.

If you only do one thing

Why not try your hand at writing in Scots, then enter the Young Scots Writer o the Year Award 2022(this will open in a new window)? The deadline for submitting is Friday 24 June 2022, midday.