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Welcome to Issue 14 of Spark Young Writers Magazine

Click here to read this issue. Published online in May 2018.

This is such a special edition of Spark Young Writers Magazine and I am more pleased than ever to be able to share it with you. For this time the editing has been shared across Europe – because so has the writing.

As part of the new pan-European Read On programme, young writers were invited to submit stories, poems or articles on the theme of: “No more borders – exploring, sharing and celebrating our differences.”

Then those writers submitted their work and what had been a nice, theoretical idea became this real and tangible project. In the pages that follow you’re going to see work by writers from Ireland, Norway, Portugal and the UK.

As ever with Spark Young Writers Magazine, what you get to read is the finest of the work submitted. You know how often you hear editors and producers saying the standard of submission was very high? Imagine having to pick only a selection from the young writers of four nations. We could have done a completely different issue and it’s my hope that we will with more editions featuring this great writing.

I am five times older than some of the writers in this issue and for once that thought cheers me. These writers are the future of all our countries and their strength, their passion and their talent makes me know that this future is going to be a good one.

I’d like to give special thanks to Nancy Langfeldt for translating pieces for us. Also personal thanks to Portugal’s Sara Coelho: her piece in this issue mentions Fado music and I had simply never heard of it. I have now and entire albums of it have been playing in my head throughout editing this whole issue. I hope you have as good a time listening to that and reading these pieces as I have.

William Gallagher – Spark Young Writers Magazine Editor

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To read Issue 14 of Spark Young Writers Magazine online, please click here. You can see a full list of contributors to the Magazine by heading to the Contributors page.