Young Wearsiders Go Cuckoo for New Magazine

Young writers Scot Houghton from Sunderland and Anusha Ashok from Durham at the launch of Cuckoo, an online literary magazine by New Writing North.
Young writers Scot Houghton from Sunderland and Anusha Ashok from Durham at the launch of Cuckoo, an online literary magazine by New Writing North.
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BUDDING young writers across Wearside can now publish their work in an online literary magazine.

The publication has been created, written and edited entirely by 11 to 19-year-olds.

Cuckoo magazine, which launched just days ago, will be published quarterly.

The online magazine – which can be read by visiting www.cuckooquarterly.com or clicking here – features literature of all forms, from short stories and poetry to interviews and periodicals.

Youngsters can also vent their frustrations on a topic of their choice in the regular “rant” section.

At this year’s Durham Book Festival, the young writers got to work interviewing MPs and chatting with organisers and guest speakers.

Sixth form student Laurie Atkinson, 16, is a member if the editorial committee for the magazine.

Laurie was given the opportunity to interview Labour politician David Miliband on universities as well as his literary likes and dislikes.

She said: “This is a great opportunity for young writers to showcase some of the best new work being produced by our age group.

“It’s an interesting contrast from school, and gives us the chance to be published, receive advice and meet some really interesting people.”

Members of New Writing North’s young writers’ groups came up with the idea for the magazine.

Their aim was to provide a platform for high-quality writing by young people, with the hope to eventually receive submissions from readers worldwide.

Project leader of New Writing North, Anna Disley, said: “We have been incredibly impressed with the quality, thoughtfulness, and originality of the work members of our young writers’ groups generate.

“We think it deserves a wide readership and to be taken seriously, and hopefully Cuckoo magazine will help to achieve that.”

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