The longest serving theatre critic in Britain has praised a scheme that aims to support young, emerging writers

Young Critics run workshops by journalists and leading critics to help mentor up and coming writers.

Guardian critic Michael Billington, who has been in the business for over 40 years, ran the most recent workshop.

He said: “I had a very good time at the Young Critics workshop in Winchester. More important, however, was the palpable commitment and hunger to learn of those who attended.

“A scheme like this is vitally important at a time when young critics need all the practical help they can get in a world where the digital revolution has created new opportunities.”

Young Critics is run in association with the Theatre Royal Winchester and A Younger Theatre.

Participants get a chance to see their review in print in The Big Issue as well as receiving the professional mentoring.

Jake Orr, the A Younger Theatre artistic director, said: “Having Michael Billington, the Guardian’s longest serving theatre critic delivering a workshop for the participants was an opportunity for those budding critics to gain top advice and hear from Michael’s extensive experience. We couldn’t be more happy with how the programme and engagement with Michael has turned out.”

A new season of Young Critics workshops will be announced in January.

Organiser and founder of the project, Carl Woodward said “We were absolutely delighted to welcome Michael to speak to our bright young people. He spoke candidly about his illustrious career as a theatre writer and was on hand to lend rich practical advice for our aspiring reviewers.

“It is a huge testament to the project to secure his attendance for this very special workshop.”

For more information on the Young Critics scheme, click here.

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