Peter Capaldi to Host Voices 2020

Coram Voice is delighted to announce that award-winning Scottish actor and former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi will host the awards ceremony for Voices 2020, the national creative writing competition for children in care and young care leavers.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Peter has hosted the awards.

The competition, now in its fifth year, is open for entries until 12 February 2020, with finalists invited to the awards ceremony on 8 April 2020.

This year’s theme, chosen by young people is ‘Dreams’ and young people are invited to submit creative pieces in any written form with a 500 word limit, including poems, short stories and raps. Launched in 2016, the competition is a platform for care-experienced young people to express their creative talents and to celebrate their voices.

Peter Capaldi said: “I’m delighted to be hosting the Voices awards ceremony once again. The competition continues to go from strength to strength,  showcasing the passion and talent of resilient young people whose written pieces inspire, and help us to better understand the often challenging experiences that they have growing up.

“I am really looking forward to seeing how this year’s theme of ‘Dreams’ will inspire the entrants, and as always I am expecting to be moved by the power of their words. I wish the very best of luck to all the young writers!”

The awards ceremony will be hosted for 24 young people who are shortlisted from across the four competition categories: primary, lower secondary, upper secondary and care leavers. Prizes include up to £100 shopping vouchers and winners will be decided by a panel of authors, poets and presenters, including Lauren Child MBE, Abi Elphinstone and rap artist Ric Flo.

Brigid Robinson, Managing Director of Coram Voice said: “We are so pleased to have Peter joining us as host for Voices once again. He is an inspiration for all the young people who take part in the competition and makes the awards ceremony such a special and memorable experience for them.

“It’s been fantastic to see the entries coming in from our young writers so far, they are moving and inspiring and we’d encourage all young people to send in entries before the 12 February deadline, for the chance to meet Peter when the winners are announced in April. Good luck!”

For more information on the competition and to enter, please visit the Voices page.