Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

Brighton Squad take on Brighton Festival in a unique writing challenge

The Brighton Squad, New Writing South’s resident young writers, have been given a fantastic opportunity to review shows in Brighton Festival.

The squad - a team of fifteen writers in their teens - will be watching a range of brilliant shows, concerts and events, and then writing up their thoughts for the public to read.

With Michael Rosen - a champion of children's writing - as the Festival’s Guest Director and such an amazing variety of events, they've been really spoilt for choice and will be giving their views on everything from gallery exhibitions to gigs, dance shows, literature events and theatre performances.

Their group leader Rosanna Lowe, said "The Brighton Squad are delighted to be seeing and reviewing shows at Brighton Festival. They're a very expressive group of young writers and they're ready to take on the Festival and give us their take on what the shows have made them think or feel.”

The writers will be given the same privileges as the press, and in return will post their reviews onto both the Festival’s website and the New Writing South website.

Brighton Festival's press team visited the Squad during one of their sessions earlier in the year to give them a taster of what it is expected from a Festival reviewer, and to talk about the range of fabulous shows they will be able to see.

By exploring a range of creative writing, from poetry to playwriting and lyrics to flash fiction, the Squad introduces young writers to a wide variety of writing styles whilst supporting the development of young writers in the region.

Visit our website during the Festival to see what they think of our shows. We will also be sharing them on our social media channels. Stay tuned!