Block A, Centre House
Thursday 7th June 2012
Singer-songwriter Labrinth is backing a competition to find undiscovered raw writing talent who will be mentored by journalists from The Sun.
The Hackney-born artist is supporting Column Idol 2012, a scheme run by the Media Trust and The Sun to get the voices of young people heard.
The competition, now in its third year, offers six 18 to 25 year olds the chance to be mentored by journalists on the paper, with one overall winner getting the chance to have their column printed in The Sun.
Labrinth, famous for hit Earthquake, said: "There's a lot of untapped writing talent out there and it's vital to give the younger generation a voice, and that is what Column Idol is doing.
"I didn't go to university. When I started, all I had was my passion and conviction so I know how hard it can be to stand up and express yourself. I got a tough time at school in Hackney when I began writing music and spending time in the studio.
"If you're doing something different then you're not seen as cool. Expressing yourself is finding your own version of cool."
To enter, young people must submit a short description about themselves, what they would like to write about and why they deserve to be crowned Column Idol 2012.
The closing date for entries is June 15. To enter visit http://www.thesun.co.uk/columnidol.
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