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

Leotie Whitelaw

Leotie Whitelaw

"Forgiving yourself is really important. It was hard for me at the start to admit I was a feminist. I used to be very anti-feminist and anti-social justice generally but I think that a part of that came from wanting to fit in with the kids that were bullying me. I used to blame my personal issues on others who weren’t like me because I was having a difficult time with being myself. Realising it was okay to be different: mixed-race, disabled, a woman, really helped me to leave the idea of hating people behind. Perhaps the only way to be at peace with everyone around you is to accept yourself."

Luke Simumba

Luke Simumba

Lawrence Paul

Lawrence Paul