Arts Richmond works in close partnership with the borough’s Arts Services, the Orange Tree Theatre, local schools and voluntary societies to involve young people in the joys of writing and to celebrate their work. The Young Writer’s festival, which has been running for a number of years, is open to any young person who lives in or attends school in Richmond borough. Thanks to a dedicated team including numerous volunteers and to a high level of enthusiasm the event has gone from strength to strength. This year there were nearly 400 entries, from which just 16 have been selected to be performed by professional actors at this special event, directed by local theatre practitioner Keith Wait. From those sixteen, an overall winner is awarded in each age category and most special of all, just one Arts Richmond Young Laureate and one Junior Laureate are chosen for the year.
I was lucky enough to be photographing the ceremony and performances for a second year running, this year these took place at The Exchange, Twickenham. One of London’s newest performance venues.
All photography credit: Christina Bulford, CB Photography