Young Writers’ City participants win Journal Culture Award for Outstanding Youth Achievement!

We are thrilled to let you know that the young people of Excelsior Academy won the award for Outstanding Youth Achievement at last night’s Journal Culture Awards for their work on our Young Writers’ City project.

Attending the awards last night on behalf of all of the Young Writers’ City participants were James, Yasmin and Zara, pictured above with Executive Head Mr Taylor, English Teacher Mrs Bryce, Project Producer Emily Wiseman and Rapper and Actor Kema Kay.

On 11th May, three students from Excelsior Academy attended the Journal Culture Awards at Hexham Abbey to receive the Special Award for Outstanding Youth Achievement on behalf of all of the Young Writers’ City participants.

Since September 2015 we have worked with students from Excelsior Academy, in the West End of Newcastle, bringing an inspiring and diverse range of artists and writers to work with around 400 young people each year. The programme is incredibly varied and the students have worked on everything from writing and producing their own songs, music videos and short films, to publishing their own poetry anthologies, and performing to their families and friends.

“There’s no way I would have thought I would have ever have been able to get up and perform on my own. No way. I am always nervous to perform, even just talking, things like speaking out in the class. Now I have proven to myself I can do it. I think presentations and stuff are going to feel like a breeze now. It has definitely changed my perspective. I always think of myself as a shy person and now I think that I am actually really able and it has changed me. I think I can be a bigger person now than I thought I could be.”

Student, 13

We have been absolutely blown away by the quality and ambition of the artwork that has come out of this project, and we’re thrilled for the students of Excelsior Academy that their talent and creativity has been recognised by the Journal Culture Awards.

Well done to all the participants – we are super proud here at Cuckoo and Young Writers’ City HQ!


"I am learning how to stand up for myself and to be unique and to use my voice and to celebrate that."

Student, 14

To find out more about our Young Writers’ City work click here.