Yab Abigail

Abigail Hutchison

About Abigail

Hey :), As a writer I spend a lot of time fictionalising characters and telling their stories instead of my own, but I’ll give it a shot. I’m Abigail, I’m 17 and I have been writing poetry since the age of around 9. Writing not only allows me to express my anger for inequality and injustice in a way that may benefit others but also gives me access to literature I would otherwise struggle to understand.

I have been asked the question of why I read many times in my life and I always answer it honestly. I read now because I never saw value in it growing up. As a child I always struggled with the concept of sitting down and escaping reality through other people words when you could just use your own. However, as I have grown older I have become aware of the value of reading. An author who showed me this was Sara Barnard who was actually shortlisted for the big city reads project created in Nottingham in the summer of 2019. Her book fierce fragile hearts allowed me to feel less alone in a time of mental isolation and opened my eyes to the harsh and necessary reality of teenage mental health issues.

"From poet to performer; I found my voice through literature and hope my involvement within the youth advisory board will allow me to help others find theirs"

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