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.
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.
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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