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Edinburgh-based teenager Becci White (pictured) is one of seven teenage writers and illustrators who will join the What’s Your Story? programme.

The 14-year-old applied because she wants to create poetry which tackles themes that are important to her, such as feminism and other political issues.

Beccie believes poetry is important, as it allows her to use her voice and express her opinions creatively.

She said: “I am really excited to be starting my journey on the programme as it is an incredible opportunity to develop as a young poet.

“I am also really looking forward to meeting all the other creative people on the course, as well as inspiring other young authors and creative people.

“Being able to share tips and tricks as well as shared experiences with other young creative people with is really important and fun.”

She is one of seven teenagers taking part in the scheme organised and run by Scottish Book Trust,

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “We look forward to seeing the work they produce throughout the year.”

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