In 2013 I took the step to finally go to university at the age of thirty-nine. 4 years later, I graduated from Keele with a BSc in English and Psychology, and an MSc in psychology (health and wellbeing). During my time as a student, I volunteered for a number of projects. One of them was White Water Writers, which gives groups of young people the opportunity to collaboratively write and publish a novel in a single week. As I was about to come to the end of my studies, White Water Writers received a big chunk of funding from Higher Horizons+, a government-funded programme that aims to widen participation in higher education among young people who, traditionally, were not likely to think it was for them. They needed someone to organise these week-long writing camps with schools and to run them. That is what I do now. 

Richard Seymour