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We asked author Hayley Barker to write 100 words on minorities… “Intolerance and ignorance lead to HATE”

This is why we need to celebrate a diverse world

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Trigger warning: The following article contains mature content which is not suitable for younger readers.

Words can’t even begin to describe how powerful some books are. Not only do they hook us in with a gripping storyline, but they also teach us more about the world and highlight important issues within it.

Hayley Barker’s debut novel ‘Show Stopper’ is exactly one of those reads. The story is set in near-future England and focuses on the discrimination and prejudice that minorities have to deal with on a daily basis.

It’s one of the most eye-opening reads of the year – so much so that we asked Hayley Barker to write an MP! 100 Words.

Regular readers of Maximum Pop! will know that the MP! 100 Words offers a platform for people to share an issue or cause they’re passionate about. We wanted to learn more about where Hayley got the idea for ‘Show Stopper’ from and find out what she hopes to achieve with the book.

Get ready bookworms – it’s an emotional one.

This is Hayley Barker’s 100 words…

“They took our jobs, drained our health care system and claimed our benefits, bringing a huge wave of violence and crime with them.”

These words are spoken by a character in my novel, ‘Show Stopper’, in a future society that has turned its back on inclusion and denied immigrants security and status. 

They could just as easily be read in a newspaper you  pick up today though, heard from certain politicians when you turn on the TV this evening, or maybe spotted on your social media feed.

Intolerance and ignorance lead to HATE.

Let’s be kind to each other.

If we all show empathy and compassion, if we all celebrate diversity, then the world I imagine in ‘Show Stopper’ will never become a reality.

Read ‘Show Stopper’ by Hayley Barker

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‘The cries of the audience pound in my head as I stand, poised, above them. I’m a hundred feet off the ground but, if I try, I can make out individual faces in the sea of bodies below me.

I begin swinging. Backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards. Gaining momentum, gaining pace, becoming rhythmic: backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards.

There is only me now; only the arc and the fall. If I let go too soon I won’t reach the wire; too late and I’ll loop right over it.’

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Written by Emma Matthews

Emma is a freelance journalist at MP.

When she’s not writing articles for Maximum Pop!, you’ll find her attending gigs, geeking out over the latest beauty products and reading feminist literature. Hermione is her favourite Harry Potter character - obviously.

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