Voice Reporters are regular contributors to the magazine. They often start by reviewing arts events locally and then join our training scheme 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? Contact the Voice Editor or get more details here.
Madeline Drury, Yorkshire
I am a YouTube content creator and aspiring journalist, currently studying for my A-levels in York. My childhood dreams of being an actor will instead be pursued via writing and admiring from the comfort of the stalls.
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 their Music department and spend my spare time performing when possible and developing my writing and photography skills. Voice has allowed me to develop as a writer and given me confidence. I now know it's ok to express an opinion that others may not agree with. The important part is to begin a discussion!
I'm most proud of my piece Asking for Help because mental health has played a huge part in my life over the last few years and I'm overjoyed that I can share my experience and be there for others should they need me.
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 University. As a Voice Reporter I've most enjoyed the chance to review many shows, plays and exhibitions, not just because I can enjoy new experiences, but also because reviewing a show makes you watch it and appreciate it in a different - and more focused - way.
Voice has significantly improved both my journalistic writing style and my reviewing, and has taught me how to express my views more eloquently and succinctly. I'm really proud of my piece Neglecting the Arts in Schools which conveys my passionate and sincere views on the education system and the arts.
Blossom Calderone, London
I am a young writer and musician extremely interested in music and everything that comes with it. I love reviewing albums and live music and spend my spare time watching or listening to new releases. Currently a music student at The BRIT School.
Agi K, Wales
I am a young filmmaker, YouTuber, vlogger and writer. I'm best known for my multiple-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 on my website www.agik.co.uk
Voice Contributors have completed our Voice Reporter training and are part of our wider network of young writers and media-makers. Read about what they gained from being a Voice Reporter and their favourite piece 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 NewcastleGateshead's Juice festival.
I applied to the Voice Reporters scheme to get more experience of writing for a publication, as well as journalism training. I have enjoyed experimenting with different styles of writing - from news, to features, to reviewing. It has afforded me amazing opportunities to review at Bath Literature Festivals and Edinburgh Fringe. As well as improving my writing skills, 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 writing skills. My experience at Voice has directly influenced my career, helping me to gain my first graduate role in Marketing, and to progress in my career since.
I particularly love writing about books and literature as in the Cover to Cover column I ran for 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.
Idriss Assoumanou, Birmingham
I'm a film maker based in Birmingham, UK, my passion in film drives me to be creative and tell better stories through the lens. writing for Arts Award has helped me improve my English and grow my creativity and interest into the arts.
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 supported me to travel the entire country by myself! As a result I have become a lot more confident and independent. I now want to enter graphic design and develop my arts interests with more focus. Music is also my passion, and I will happily talk about all the bands you've probably 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.