A NUMBER of young writers will see their work that they produced during the nationwide lockdowns published online over the coming weeks.

During the course of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of talented young writers in an around Hexham have been working with writer Becci Sharrock, Queen’s Hall Arts and Hexham Book Festival to create a number of poems, stories and scripts and now their projects are set to be turned into a series of lockdown recordings.

Before the pandemic began last March, the Young Writers’ group had just started meeting together, however they decided to move online to keep supporting the people involved in the project.

One talented young writer who is set to have her work published as part of the scheme is Amy Langdown, who has created a poem named Comfort in the Shadows.

Amy, who has also worked with mentor Lisette Auton to create the piece, admitted she’s delighted to have her work turned into a recording that is now online.

“Although Comfort in the Shadows is one of my favourite pieces of my writing, when trying to perform it, I could never quite get it right,” explained Amy.

“After working with Lisette, I felt like I finally got it right. [It] was finally how it had sounded in my head all along.”

The five recordings will be released regularly on each Saturday over the course of the next five weeks, beginning with Amy’s poem which was unveiled online last weekend (May 29).

“One of the challenges we all faced during lockdown was how to stay connected, so we were really glad the young writers group could continue online and that they got the chance to work with such brilliant North East artists,” added Artistic Director of Queen’s Hall Katy Taylor.

“We’re really proud of the work they’ve created and we can’t wait to share it.”

This weekend (June 5) sees Hannah Weiner’s The Story of my So-Called Rubbish audio drama released online, while on June 12, Nox B Conroy’s Mercury and Smile poem is next to receive the recording treatment.

A week later, Joseph Casling’s Britannia Rules the Waves audio drama will be added to the website while on June 26, another drama titled An Incomplete Guide to Stealing Planets by Bronwyn Payne will also be released.

“It has been wonderful to be able to support this project as part of our county wide work supported by NCC (Northumberland County Council),” said Hexham Book Festival Director Susie Troup.

“The quality of the work the young people have produced is a testament to the imagination and creativity that Becci has inspired during what has been a challenging time for all.”

Writer Becci, who is also a theatre maker and creative producer, previously was the Writer in Residence at Beamish Museum and is currently Project Producer for Sky Studios/New Writing North’s Sky Writes programme, who help to support underrepresented writers with the aim of gaining the skills to write for TV.

Becci is also producing an adaption of The Secret Garden with Queen’s Hall Arts Centre.

The series of lockdown recordings can be listened to online at To listen to the recordings at www.hexhambookfestival.co.uk/young-writers-lockdown-recordings.