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When ‘new talent’ doesn’t mean ‘young’

by on April 22, 2013

One of the trends we’ve noticed in our data is the very close linguistic association between ‘new talent’ and ‘young’, for example, when employers are quoted talking about the need to find new recruits for their organization.

Another trend is the creation of work schemes designed for a specific age group (more often than not, for younger people).

So it was very interesting to read this article in Saturday’s Independent about a plan by the new artistic director of the Royal Court, Vicky Featherstone, to find older first-time playwrights, specifically the over-80s. The Royal Court already has a Young Writers Programme.

The article describes the new plan as a bid ‘to discover new voices from a surprising talent pool: the over 80s’ – which rather reinforces our observation that older people are not normally seen as representing ‘talent’.

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