Andover Celebrates Young Writers with a book launch at The Lights

It's a monster of a book

It’s a monster of a book

You’ve been invited by Test Valley Arts Foundation to the launch of their first anthology, “Celebrate Youth Writing 2015”. The new book is full of poems, short stories and initial chapters of novels written by young writers aged 11-21. The launch will take place on June 16th starting at 7.30pm at The Lights. Everone who buys a ticket will receive a free copy of the e-book.


The books entries are varied and their themes range from playful comedy to poignant tragedy, from superheroes to the ordinary heroes of World War 1 trenches, from science-fiction-style alien invasions to animal stories.

The launch at The Lights will have a showcase of poems, sketches, and 4 short films by Testbourne School, monologues from Long Overdue theatre company, a dance from Ruby Slippers School especially made for the show and  orginal music, all inspired by the anthology.


“We want to have a fun, party-style feel to the launch. We’re very keen to show how exceptional these young writers are. The stories in our book are teaching us what’s important to young people in the 21st century.” said organiser Cat Randle

20 young writers aged 11-21 were chosen out of entries from all over Hampshire.

Tickets to the celebration are on sale at The Lights. The books will be on sale from 7.00 onwards. The event and anthology are sponsored by BeWiser and supported by Test Valley Arts Foundation, Cat’s Writing Room and Bees’ Nest Books.