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Future Voices

Welcome to the Future Voices section of the EDP website. Working with Norfolk County Council, we want to give young people in Norfolk a voice so they can tell us about their lives, their thoughts, and their future. All the articles are written by young people in Norfolk aged 13 to 18.

If you want to contribute articles, ideas or photos to Future Voices, please email ben.dunne@norfolk.gov.uk, or send us a tweet to @EDP24 using #FutureVoices.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Author Hunter S. Thompson.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Before he became one of America’s most famous and influential journalists, Hunter S. Thompson, at just twenty years old, penned an insightful letter to a friend. The letter serves as invaluable advice that any young person should take.

Older people managed to guess what some of the words meant.

Yasssss, that’s totes peng bae, ur brows are so on fleek rn, like seriously m8! Any idea what was just said? Chances are if you’re over 30 you will be clueless.

Are we buying too much? Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

We are constantly bombarded with advertisements online, on the television, and around our cities.

A coal fired plant generating power. Photo: John Giles/PA Wire

‘Climate change’ is a phrase that’s been around for as long as I remember, and it won’t be going away anytime soon.

Canada's Andre De Grasse (left) and Jamaica's Usain Bolt compete in the second Men's 200m semi final at the 2016 Olympics. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Village after village the banners screamed, “Go Melissa Go” and posters of Melissa in action adorned shop windows for miles. By the end of my summer holiday in eastern Canada I knew all about athlete Melissa Bishop.

The mortar boards fly at the first day of the UEA graduation ceremonies 2016. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

As September quickly approaches, those moving up and into A2 are finding themselves asking the same question: ‘What’s next?’

Brian Wecht

I only really found out about my role model relatively recently, through an internet band known as NSP, a band that I started to listen to a few years ago and have loved ever since.

Future Voices: What effect is social media on us? Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Day by day we are overwhelmed with millions of funny tweets, viral videos on Facebook and pictures of the ideal relationship on Instagram.

Future Voices: Does the Brexit vote show that 16-year-olds should be given the vote? Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

It was a referendum that meant their future will lie outside the European Union, but in which they were prevented from having their say.

Future Voices: Will Norwich City players and staff be repeating their 2015 Wembley play off celebrations in 2017? Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

There is no doubt that the canaries are expected to fly straight back up through the cage of the championship and into free air of the Premier League.

Future Voices: Are young people put under too much pressure to learn to drive?

When a young person turns 17, the excitement of learning to drive kicks in. The thoughts of freedom and independence is enough to convince anyone, however there are some young people who feel that it is more of a pressure to learn. So what about those who don’t feel ready to drive?

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The film industry is becoming increasingly saturated with tasteless ‘bro-movies’ in which we are expected to follow the vulgar, misogynistic escapades of a charmless cretin and his band of tedious buddies.

Future Voices: Five suggestions to get you reading. Picture: Matthew Usher.

With all the distractions of the modern world, it can be difficult to remain engaged in a book that doesn’t grab you from the off. Here are five books guaranteed to keep you enthralled:

Future Voices: Skepta performing on the Pyramid Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

When Music Week released their ‘30 under 30’ list featuring only two individuals of ethnic minority earlier this year it sent shock waves through the music industry and across the UK.

Future Voices: Cassie Hill is hoping to compete in South Africa.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Can you help Norfolk’s Cassie Hill compete in the World Martial Arts Games?

Future Voices: Students sitting exams. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Schools across England began teaching a selection of the new GCSEs and A-levels in September 2015. The first examinations will be sat in summer 2017.

Netball. EDP SPORT 2607

Cast your mind back to your last PE lesson then answer this: what did you actually learn? Most likely, something along the lines of how to bounce a ball or how to do a pencil roll.

Director Christopher Nolan attends the

I’m a film lover, and it’s no secret to my friends and family that there is one man who I always refer to when justifying my obsession: Christopher Nolan.

Emma Watson. Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

When a teenage girl hits puberty, it’s like waving goodbye as she floats away into the deepening, darkening depths of losing herself and meeting the generic, ‘copy and paste’ version, of who society tells her to be.

Mental Health. Pictured: A man talks with his friends. Picture: Time to change/Newscast Online

There is often a lot of stigma attached to mental health issues. This needs to be tackled.

Houses of Parliament

No matter how scary, intimidating, or seemingly lifeless teachers are, they are human. As humans we have an ingrained need to set out our ideas as passionately and as emphatically as possible.

Future Voices: Nina Matthews' grandmother

A young person’s choice of role models seem to reflect our era of vanity.

Blickling Hall.  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

It’s the summer holidays, you’ve been longing for this moment all year. And it’s raining. So what do you do? Norfolk offers a range of attractions that are enjoyable even in pouring rain.

Wells Pirate Festival. Pictured are (from left) Joyce Trett, Kate Taylor-Nevill and Dave Barber. Picture: Ian Burt

Short of ideas of what to do this summer? Here are a few dates for your diary. 


Future Voices: Tom Dale

Tom Dale’s story is one which is personal to North Norfolk and is an inspiration to any aspiring entrepreneurs in the area.

Future Voices: What do schools care about?

As students across the UK finish exams and unite one last time as the class of 2016 at their glamorous proms, we see the thoughts of grades simmer to the back of their minds. But what do schools really care about? Their students or just their grades?

What would Ernest Hemingway think about the state of English today? (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

An issue, I have witnessed, that young people face is the degradation of language caused by a mass over-indulgence in technology.

A Protein World advert displayed in an underground station in London which caused controversy. Photo: Catherine Wylie/PA Wire

Everyday, young people face constant exposure to the ‘ideal body image’, but what impact is this truly having on the younger generations?

A child cries at the migrant camp in Idomeni, Greece. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

The migrant crisis is a growing problem - and one former Norfolk teacher has first hand experience of some of its horrors.

Are fish fingers all you really need to worry about? Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Who’d choose to come home after a gruelling day at work, scrub the house clean, cook the dinner, get the kids bathed and ready for bed then finally succumb to the mighty fist of exhaustion?

A woman smoking. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

At parties, playgrounds and street corners up and down the country teenagers are making the choice. To smoke or not to smoke?

Nadine Kaadan spoke at the Writers' Centre Norwich.

Nadine Kaadan, a Syrian author-illustrator of children’s books, recently visited the Norwich Writers’ Centre. With a kind smile, and a purple flower tucked behind one ear (“a gift from a fan”), Kaadan is every bit as animated as her books suggest.

The latest GCSE results from across the region can be found below. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There are many issues surrounding our education system so the one I will focus on is the lack of attention ‘average’ students receive.

Maybe these people have discovered what the special word is.

Thousands of 15 and 16-year-old students are throwing all that they have at their GCSE exams – but what happens after the examinations finish?

Future Voices: Winner - Gypsykate Garramone, 16, Swanton Novers

Norfolk teenagers have been showing off their photographic talents with a series of stunning images showing different aspects of life in the county.

Future Voices Aaron Cahill, Charlotte Wilson, Joe Hamilton, Taylor Ball, Emily Oxbury and Laura Wright. Photo : Steve Adams

We’re looking for a new editorial team of young people to plan, write and edit articles about their lives, views and growing up in Norfolk.

Paralympian Jessica-Jane Applegate. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

September 2, 2012. The London crowd goes wild as Britain’s young talent Jessica-Jane Applegate wins gold in the S14 200m freestyle at the Paralympic games.

Future Voices: EDP reporter Gavin Caney and Future Voices writer Emily Oxbury

When I arrived at the Adrian Flux Arena to shadow EDP Sports journalist Gavin Caney, it became evident that preparation is a key part of any reporter’s job.

Future Voices: What can we learn from dogs?

Whether you’re a dog person or a cat person, there is one thing that is universally acknowledged. Dogs are always ecstatically happy (or at least look happy).

Future Voices: Holme-next-the-Sea is one of many places in Norfolk to visit this summer

Don’t have the holiday budget of Kim Kardashian? Norfolk holds five holiday spots to explore without breaking the bank.

Future Voices: An example of a healthy snack

How much chocolate have you eaten over Easter? A couple of eggs? A few more than a couple of eggs? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Winning goalscorer Martin Olsson of Norwich celebrates victory with Andre Wisdom of Norwich as Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United looks away dejected at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 02/04/2016

A month ago it looked all doom and gloom for Canaries fans. After nine games without a win, relegation was staring them right in the face, seemingly dragging them back down to the darkest depths of the Championship.

File photo dated 27/11/2015 of the Union flag fluttering next to the EU flag. Picture: Toby Melville/PA Wire

With the EU referendum taking place on June 23, we asked two young people to outline opposing views on UK’s relationship with the EU. Here, Charlotte Wilson puts forward the case for voting to remain in the EU.

Future Voices: The different sides in the referendum debate are making their cases. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

With the EU referendum taking place on June 23, we asked two young people to outline opposing views on UK’s relationship with the EU. Here, Joe Hamilton puts forward the case for voting to leave the EU.

Future Voices: Emily spent a week without using her mobile phone.

Would anyone send me any birthday messages? What celeb gossip would I miss out on? What are thumbs actually useful for, except texting?

Future Voices: Students sitting exams. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Like many 16 year olds across the country I am currently participating in the final year of high school, 11 years of education being compressed into an hour or so of writing...

Future Voices: Lisa Kierman made a Leap Year marriage proposal to Kevin Frost, in Haart estate agents in Thetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The chances of being born on a leap day are one in 1,461.

Future Voices:

In 2016 you would expect men and women to be equal, yet there are still massive gender stereotypes and issues of equality in society.

Future Voices: Have you walked to Hunstanton cliffs? Picture: Ian Burt

Norfolk is famed for the Broads, but some of the county’s most interesting beauty spots can be found in the west. Here are five walks to do in West Norfolk which will reveal the true beauty of the entire county.

Future Voices: Joe has some tips for people itching to start driving

At long last the wait is over! My 17th birthday has arrived and I can finally drive a car on the roads (legally).

Future Voices: Emily Oxbury, centre, on the steps of 10 Downing Street

In 1916 Girlguiding members were busy contributing to the War effort, but today, in 2016, it’s a very different story.

Are pupils being put under too much pressure?

It is strange how much GCSEs have changed in just a few years.

Where will the next David Bowie come from? Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Sadly, in recent news we have seen a few British treasures pass away; shaping the music, radio and movie industry we enjoy today.

Future Voices: Are you feeling the love?

When did a bottle of bleach, or a screwdriver, become a gift of love?

Cross country action from the Norfolk School Games at Gresham's School in Holt.   Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Physical education: some love it, some hate it. However, we can all agree on the fact the cold weather, rain and wind doesn’t always make running particularly appealing.

The Future You app is free to download.

In East Anglia, quite often we can seem so cut off from the rest of the world. Many of us young people can’t wait to go out and explore the bigger world when we’re older.

Leonardo DiCaprio attending the EE British Academy Film Awards, where he won an award for The Revenant. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The 2016 Oscar nominations are, on the whole, stunningly predictable.

Norwich has a host of exciting music venues.

People are quick to find fault with Norfolk. The word “boring” seems to be commonly used and people often add that there is “nothing happening”. But where music is concerned, this could not be further from the truth.

Euro 2016 is one of the great sporting highlights of this year. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

2016 promises to be a big year for the sporting world.

The world of journalism has been changing fast.

12,000,000 papers are sold every day. But when the news is available at the click of a button, why is the newspaper still alive?

New Year's resolutions.

So, it’s the start of a new year, time to turn a new leaf, and you’ve made your decision to change (for a couple of days, at least). How do you plan on keeping your resolutions?

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