Voice Contributors

Meet some of our Voice Contributors. These guys often start out posting great reviews or blogs on Voice, then join our network which offers sessions with journalists, commissions, editing of their work and the chance to join the Voice team to cover major arts festivals. We're always on the lookout for new writers or media-makers with views about the arts. Interested? Find out how to join our network of Voice Contributors.

Franki Hay

I'm a 16 year old aspiring journalist, currently studying my first year of the IB. I've always been interested in film, music and TV - so being able to publish reviews on Voice has given me a great opportunity to get more involved.

I've also always been keen to share my opinions on current affairs or political happenings, and it's been invaluable learning how to shape these into proper pieces with the help of Voice. Read Franki on Voice

Ashna Ahmad

I'm a 16 year old living in London, attempting to juggle A-levels in maths, English, French and Latin, recreational language-learning, random acts of journalism and lots of procrastination. All things cultural fascinate me, from languages to literature to obscure ethnic music. I'm also very interested in philosophy and enjoy writing poetry and short stories, and my usual approach is to try to be vaguely academic and vaguely humorous at the same time.

Being a Voice Contributor has been a great way to meet new people and improve my writing, as well as providing me with a platform to discuss things I'm passionate about! Read Ashna on Voice

Grace McCabe, London

I've always been involved in performing arts as a dancer, singer and actress leading me to study a BA in Theatre and Drama at Royal Holloway University in 2013. I currently work for Trinity College London in Music and spend my spare time performing and developing my writing and photography. Voice allowed me to develop as a writer and given me confidence to write about what mightn't agree with.

I'm most proud of Asking for Help because mental health has been significant for me and I'm glad that to be there for others should they need me. Read Grace on Voice

Madeline Drury, Yorkshire

I am a YouTube content creator and aspiring journalist - my childhood dreams of being an actor will instead be pursued via writing and admiring from the comfort of the stalls! I applied for Voice in hopes of enhancing my writing skills and getting access to a wide range of arts events. Voice has definitely brought me that! As a Northern correspondent it has been so valuable to report on Hull City of Culture Fringe and Aesthetica Film Festival as well as coming south to cover Brighton Fringe, and the professional work ethic of Voice has encouraged me to produce engaging journalism under pressure. I am proud of such as my thought piece on Free School Meals in the wake of the 2017 General Election. This article succinctly expresses my political opinions whilst shedding light on an important story. Read Maddie on Voice

Samantha Nead, London

I'm an 18 year old student who loves reading, writing and all things theatre-related. I am currently planning a pre-university gap year in which I hope to finish writing my first novel, before I go on to study Liberal Arts at Birmingham. As a Voice Reporter, I've most enjoyed reviewing many shows, plays and exhibitions, not just because I can enjoy new work, but because reviewing makes you watch and appreciate it in a different - and more focused - way. Voice has significantly improved both my journalistic writing and reviewing, and taught me how to express my views more eloquently and succinctly. I'm really proud of my "Neglecting the Arts in Schools", which conveys my passionate, sincere views on the education system and the arts. Read Sam on Voice

Luke Taylor, Suffolk

I did my Voice Reporter training in 2015/16 alongside a community arts apprenticeship with Unit Twenty Three in Diss and I now work as Voice Administrator. I have autism and being a Voice Reporter enabled me to travel the entire country alone! I have become more confident and independent. I want to pursue graphic design and develop my interests. Another passion is music, and I'll happily talk about all the bands you've never heard of!

My favourite piece is Autism, art & me where I spoke openly about being a person with autism. It was a massive leap forward for me as it was something I often didn't tell people about out of shame and stigma, but writing this article allowed me to embrace my differences and talk openly about my life. Read Luke on Voice

Ellen Orange, Newcastle

I'm a 24 year old from the North East with a passion for arts and writing. In 2015 I graduated with an MA in Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature at Durham University. I have written for Living North, Culture/The Journal and Newcastle Gateshead's Juice festival.

I applied to be a Voice Reporter to get more experience of writing, as well as journalism training. I have enjoyed experimenting with different styles - from news, to features, to reviews. It afforded me amazing opportunities to review at Bath Literature Festivals and Edinburgh Fringe. As well as improving my writing, it has been wonderful to work as part of a team, meet new people from all over the country and make lasting friendships. I gained invaluable experience, contact with industry professionals and significantly improved my skills. My experience at Voice has directly influenced me, helping me to gain my first graduate role in Marketing, and to progress since. I am most proud of by writing on literature and the Cover to Cover column I ran for Voice. Read Ellen on Voice

Idriss Assoumanou, Birmingham

I'm a film-maker based in Birmingham, UK. My passion for film drives me to be creative and tell better stories through the lens. Writing for Voice has helped me improve my English and it's been great to get paid commissions to make short films. This experience has helped me to grow my creative career and broaden my interest in the arts. View and read Idriss on Voice

Elena Losavio, Manchester

As a recent Master's graduate in English Studies, I write about theatre, film and contemporary art. I have also specialised in women's roles within media and the arts, and created A View from the Other Side, a monthly column on this topic. I occasionally write short stories about my wanderings in Asia and never say no to new adventures. Read Elena on Voice

Past Contributors

Agi K, Wales

I am a young filmmaker, YouTuber, vlogger and writer. I'm best known for my award-winning series 'My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome)' and my short film 'We The Mountain, We The Sea' screened at Raindance Film Festival 2016. See more of my work at www.agik.co.uk and here on Voice