Charity Coram Voice has not let the Covid-19 pandemic stop their annual creative writing competition from showcasing the literary talent of children in care and young care leavers.
The winners of the fifth annual competition were announced last week with star actor and long-standing supporter Peter Capaldi once again hosting the ceremony, albeit this year the awards were streamed on Coram Voice’s YouTube channel.
The online show also provided a platform for the young writers to read their winning pieces after they saw off competition from the 300-plus entries on the theme of ‘dreams’ to scoop prizes across five groups.
The charity also introduced an ‘Experiences of Covid-19’ category in response to the issues face by care-experienced young people during the crisis.
Sophia Hall, Voices 2019 care leaver winner [pictured above with Capald], was guest judge for the ‘Experiences of Covid-19’ category and she said: “You all described your thoughts and feelings and emotions of this difficult time so beautifully, with emotion, creativity and sometimes even a dash of humour. Above all though, we felt this strength and hope and shining through your words.”