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BBC YWA: Listen to Ian McKellen read the winning short story + Q&A with Brennig Davies


At 15, Brennig Davies has been crowned not only the youngest winner of the BBC Young Writers Award, but the very first ever, as well. With his story, ‘Skinning’, a journey into manhood with a twist, Davies managed to outshine hundreds of other hopefuls to top the shortlist – and we couldn’t be happier to see this budding writer rewarded for his incredible work.
Jonathan Buckley & Brennig Davies. BBC National Short Story Awards 2015, New Broadcasting House, London

At the ceremony on Tuesday night (6th October), MaxPop! got the chance to ask Davies a few questions:

How do you feel right now? In 3 words! Overwhelmed, thrilled and inspired

Can you tell us where you drew your inspiration from? Lots of different influences. Lord of the Flies by William Golding because that talks about a group of boys’ descent into savagery – there are parallels with my story.  I’ve also researched different cultural approaches to becoming a man – I was fourteen, around the age when in many cultures a boy becomes a man.

John Wilson & Brennig Davies. BBC National Short Story Awards 2015, New Broadcasting House, London

What are your plans for after this competition? GCSEs!  But as well as that hopefully more short stories and maybe in time to come a novel, if I can.  That’s my dream – to have one published.

Want to hear the incredible winning story, read by Ian McKellen? Look no further. 


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Written by Laura Fulton

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