Disability in Kidlit
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is not uncommon, yet fictional depictions of the condition are rare. A drawn-out search, both online and offline, revealed just one novel for young people that featured a protagonist with scoliosis: Judy Blume's The eponymous lead of the novel, Deenie, is destined to be a model.
Writing about any condition you do not have personal experience with can be difficult, but of course, writing about unfamiliar experiences is also an integral part of fiction. I have scoliosis-curvature of the spine-and portrayals in fiction often lack realism. Why is there so little reflection on the factors that affect a person's journey?
The Student Journo
Competition between different publications at a university can be fierce, so is it alright to write for all of them? Durham's Emma Yeo gives her advice on writing regularly for multiple student publications The student media scene at university can be quite compact, which can be challenging when you're trying to deal with the demands...
She's even been able to sell a few With A-level results day heralding an onslaught of freshers to Durham, most of last year's finalists have already left to start their adult life. Five have stayed behind though, as student officers for the Students' Union.
Palatinate: The Official Durham Student Newspaper
Emma Yeo is a history student at Durham University in England. As well as writing for lots of the student publications at the uni, she is currently writing a novel about a time travelling young heroine.
Examples of older work
Arts news and reviews by young writers in the North