Beyond Words anthology; a new e-book of young people’s writing

Today sees the launch of an exciting new e-book of outstanding creative writing from young people about living in a pandemic. Published by the Bupa Foundation, the Beyond Words anthology features exceptional creative work from children and young people whose writing captures their experience of living through a year like no other.

Anna Russell, Bupa Foundation Director said: “We were blown away not just by the quality of the creative work, but by the way so many young people wrote about the importance of hope, community and kindness. The young people who took part expressed in unique and moving ways what it’s like to live through a global pandemic. They also wrote about the importance of Black Lives Matter and the need for urgent action on climate change. 

If you have a down moment, I really recommend taking a few minutes to look at the e-book to give yourself a boost.”

Across the UK, 4.1 million young people have experienced symptoms of poor mental health over the last ten months. Recognising the need to support children’s emotional wellbeing, the Bupa Foundation, Cheltenham FestivalsNational Literacy Trust and Mind launched Beyond Words a national creative writing initiative to help them make sense of their feelings. The project was inspired by Cheltenham Festivals’ Beyond Words project for vulnerable young people in Gloucestershire.

The majority (73%) of young people who took part in Beyond Words said it showed them how writing can help express their feelings and thoughts. Half said Beyond Words made them realise how writing can make them feel better.

The Beyond Words online hub remains open to provide children, parents and teachers with access to inspirational work from authors and mental wellbeing resources to help support them and their mental wellbeing.