As part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, Book Festival staff have been working with a group of school pupils aged 8-14 from Craigmillar in Edinburgh to co-curate a strand of events exploring the concept of freedom. The name the young people have chosen for their strand is Codename F.
The Codename F young programmers have designed 9 events across the Book Festival’s public adult and children’s programmes, and the programme for schools. In a series of posts, the young people (and some of the authors featured) explain the reasoning behind their decisions.
Freedom to be Heard
Tuesday 14 August, 10:00 – 17:30
The Bookshop on George Street, FREE & Drop-in
For this event, our young programmers have designed a day of activities to challenge perceptions on how children and young adults engage with society; from politics to religion, immigration to environment, come and voice your thoughts and debate the issues of the day with the leaders of tomorrow. Fun, thoughtful and vocal activities for all.
Sometimes people don’t have the freedom to express themselves.
The Codename F group thought long and hard about how best to represent themselves, their generation and their views. The result is Freedom to be Heard. Young programmer Laeticia Danica explains:
It’s a space where you can talk, express your opinion and hear out other people. We take freedom for granted and we don’t realise that other people don’t have freedoms like we do.
The event will create an open and responsive environment in which anyone can come along and share their opinions. It’s free and drop-in so no pre-booked ticket is required.
You can find a full list of the Year of Young People: Codename F events here.
About the Year of Young People 2018
In 2018, Scotland puts its young people in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine. The Year of Young People 2018 is a year-long programme of events and activities that will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they are made of.