Schools & Writers

We have come a long way since our pilot project in one London school. Today, First Story runs creative writing residencies in over 40 challenging secondary schools in the East Midlands, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, London, Oxfordshire and Yorkshire.

We have plans to expand our programme 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 2014-2015

East Midlands
School Writer
Babington Community College John Berkavitch
Banovallum School Dan Powell
Cherry Willingham Community School Steve Cawte
Judgemeadow Community College Irfan Master
The Lancaster School Irfan Master
Nottingham Academy –  Greenwood Site Jim Hall
Nottingham Academy – Ransom Road Anthony Cropper
Nottingham Emmanuel School Paula Rawsthorne
Nottingham University Samworth Academy Matt Black
Queen Elizabeth’s Academy Kevin Fegan
Gloucestershire (Cheltenham Festivals First Story project)
School Writer
All Saints’ Academy Cliff Yates
Barnwood Park Arts College Jane Bailey
Gloucester Academy Alicia Stubbersfield
School Writer
Matthew Moss High School John Siddique
School Writer
Abbey Manor College Emma Jones
Acland Burghley School MC Angel
Beachcroft AP Academy Anthony Anaxagorou
The Bridge AP Academy Roland Chambers
Burlington Danes Academy Josh Lacey
Cranford Community College Ross Raisin
Fulham Cross Girls’ School Christie Watson
Forest Gate Community School Anthony Anaxagorou
George Green’s School Kate Kingsley
Heartlands High School Michelle Madsen
Holland Park School Leo Benedictus
Islington Arts and Media School Anthony Cartwright
King Solomon Academy David Reynolds
Loxford School of Science and Technology Alice Albinia
Oaklands Secondary School Alice Albinia
Pimlico Academy Roland Chambers
Queen’s Park Community School Edward Platt
Saint Gabriel’s College Francesca Beard
Skinners Academy James Dawson
St. Augustine’s CE High School Philip Womack
St. Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls Caroline Bird
Wembley High School Peter Hobbs
Willowfield Humanities College Caroline Bird
Woodside High School Stephen Camden
School Writer
Cheney School Julie Bolitho-Lee
Larkmead School Tim Pears
Oxford Academy Alan Buckley
Oxford Spires Academy Kate Clanchy
School Writer
Appleton Academy Nick Toczek
Bradford Academy Stan Skinny
Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College Andrew McMillan
Dixons Allerton Academy Rachel Connor
Feversham College Kate Fox
University Academy, Keighley Mark Illis






Previous writers

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

Rebecca Abrams  ∙  Diran Adebayo ∙ Raffaella Barker ∙ Clare Brown ∙ Laura Dockrill ∙ Diana Evans ∙ Ben Faccini ∙ William Fiennes ∙ Chelsea Flood ∙ Cathy Grindrod ∙ Romesh Gunesekera ∙ Julie Hearn ∙ Shahrukh Husain ∙ Lou Kuenzler ∙ Graham Lester George ∙ Eireann Lorsung ∙ Richard MacSween ∙ Hisham Matar ∙ Jean McNeil ∙ Daljit Nagra ∙ Courttia Newland ∙ John O’Farrell ∙ Nii Parkes ∙ Marie Phillips ∙ Mahendra Solanki ∙ Deborah Stevenson ∙ Matt Thorne ∙ Nicola Valentine ∙ Frances Wilson ∙ Alex Wheatle ∙ Amanda Whittington ∙ 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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