Writing London was a response to the exhibition Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands.
It was created in the summer of 2012 by young people aged 18-21 from the Foyer Federation, an organisation which provides supported housing for young people. Working with photographer Sara Haq, writer Charlie Dark and artist Shelagh McCarthy, they present their own unique view on London life.
The exhibition took place over three floors in the café, restaurant and level two corridor from July 2012 – February 2013. Writing London represents the first time that the work of young people has been displayed in the British Library.
Writing London was the first of five youth-led projects which are taking place across the country, inspired by the Writing Britain exhibition. Young people in Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle and Norwich have also been producing their own work in response to literature written in and about the areas they live in.
The project is generously funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
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