Recreate Your Values.

The John Byrne Award is a library of creative work from 16-25 year olds across Scotland. Find out how to enter

True Colours

True Colours

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True Colours

Iona Glidden

My entry is inspired by the value of equality; something I feel is extremely prevalent, all be it the lack of it, in the world today. Many people believed over time inequality would be superseded by equality but in reality this isn’t the case. We look to the past and see awful events sparked by inequality – the holocaust with religion, the vote with gender, lynching’s with race and recognise how awful they were but convince ourselves we have changed and would never act so horrifically again. But have we? Has inequality really disappeared? Surely if equality existed the wage gap wouldn’t? Muslims wouldn’t be feared because of their beliefs? And we wouldn’t be in the situation where by 50 African American police officers are killed annually. Racial inequality is something I feel especially strongly about. Why should skin colour determine how we are treated? After learning about the inhumane treatment of blacks in 1940s America during a history lesson I became so angry the only way I could think to let it out was by writing about it. From the point of view of someone who, in 1940 and quite possibly even now, had no understanding of the word equality.

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Fabula

Fabula

The Once and Future Wetlands

The Once and Future Wetlands