Young Enigma

A community group which supports young and emerging LGBT+ writers, founded with initial support from the Manchester-based creative group Commonword.

Young Enigma promotes professional, social and emotional development through the arts by serving as a writing collective responsible for creating a range of work for page and stage every year.

Young Enigma host regular events including workshops in the community, writing activities in schools through their education partners- LGBT History Month, Schools OUT UK and The Classroom – and regular meet-ups.

They also run the Young Enigma Awards for outstanding writing talent and progress – consisting of the Alan Horsfall Prize and the Barbara Burford Prize.

Young Enigma has a core of about 40 creatives and writers. Their work has featured as part of the Manchester Literature Festival, Queer Contact and the Greater Manchester Fringe.

Notable works have included ‘A Royal Wedding’, a show which was supported by Manchester Pride, and the anthology SPOKE: New Queer Voices, in association with Dog Horn Publishing. Young Enigma are also involved in the Superbia Chapbook series and an LGBT History Month Writers in Residence programme.