Schools & Writers

We have come a long way since our pilot project in one London school. Today, First Story runs creative writing residencies in 50 secondary schools serving low income areas in the East Midlands, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, London, Oxfordshire and Yorkshire.

We would love to expand our programme further and reach more young people across the country, so please keep an eye on our website for future developments.

If you are a First Story teacher or writer-in-residence, please visit our Community page.

If you are a school or writer and would like to enquire about working with First Story, please contact us here.

Schools and Writers 2015-2016

East Midlands
School Writer
Babington Community College John Berkavitch
Banovallum School Dan Powell
Farnborough Academy Anthony Cropper
Lincoln Castle Academy Steve Cawte
Lincoln Christ Hospital School Dan Powell
Nottingham Academy – Greenwood Site Jim Hall
Nottingham Academy – Ransom Road Paula Rawsthorne
Nottingham Emmanuel School Matt Black
Nottingham University Samworth Academy Kevin Fegan
Queen Elizabeth’s Academy Andy Graves
Gloucestershire (Cheltenham Festivals First Story project)
School Writer
All Saints’ Academy Jane Bailey
Milbrook Academy Cliff Yates
Pitville School Alicia Stubbersfield
School Writer
Abbey Manor College Anthony Cartwright
Acland Burghley School MC Angel
Berkeley Primary School Ross Raisin
The Bridge AP Academy Roland Chambers
Burlington Danes Academy Josh Lacey
Cranford Community College Ross Raisin
Fulham Cross Girls’ School Kate Kingsley
Forest Gate Community School Anthony Anaxagorou
George Green’s School Kayo Chingonyi
Heartlands High School Michelle Madsen
Highgate Wood School Adam Kammerling
Holland Park School Leo Benedictus
Islington Arts and Media School Ed Platt
King Solomon Academy David Reynolds
Pimlico Academy Roland Chambers
Saint Gabriel’s College Francesca Beard
Skinners Academy James Dawson
St Augustine’s CE High School Steven Camden
St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls Jasmine Ann Cooray
Wapping High School Caroline Bird
Wembley High School Pete Hobbs
Willowfield School Julia Pascal
School Writer
Oxford Academy Alan Buckley


School Writer
Appleton Academy Nick Toczek
Belle Vue Girls’ School Emily Diamand
Brigshaw High School Andy Craven-Griffiths
Dixons Allerton Academy Rachel Connor
Dixons Trinity Academy Mark Illis
Feversham College Kate Fox
Grange Technology College Donavan Christopher






Previous writers

In previous years, we have been fortunate to work with a host of acclaimed writers, including:

Rebecca Abrams  ∙  Diran Adebayo ∙ Raffaella Barker ∙ Julie Bolitho-Lee ∙ Clare Brown ∙ Kate Clanchy ∙ Laura Dockrill ∙ Diana Evans ∙ Ben Faccini ∙ William Fiennes ∙ Chelsea Flood ∙ Cathy Grindrod ∙ Romesh Gunesekera ∙ Julie Hearn ∙ Shahrukh Husain ∙ Emma Jones ∙ Lou Kuenzler ∙ Graham Lester George ∙ Eireann Lorsung ∙ Richard MacSween ∙ Irfan Master ∙ Hisham Matar ∙  Andrew McMillan ∙ Jean McNeil ∙ Daljit Nagra ∙ Courttia Newland ∙ John O’Farrell ∙ Nii Parkes ∙ Tim Pears ∙ Marie Phillips ∙ John Siddique ∙ Stan Skinny ∙ Mahendra Solanki ∙ Deborah Stevenson ∙ Matt Thorne ∙ Nicola Valentine ∙ Christie Watson ∙ Frances Wilson ∙ Alex Wheatle ∙ Amanda Whittington ∙ Philip Womack ∙ Louisa Young ∙  

If you are a school or writer and would like to enquire about working with First Story, please email us as

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