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Standing Ovation by Highbury Grove School

We produced stories, poems, dialogues, letters, news items and maps, and by the end of the year I had the feeling that I’d only barely scratched the surface of their capabilities. So I chose the title story of this anthology, Standing Ovation, with them very much in mind. It reflects the enormous sense of pride […]

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A Rug with Holes by Bulwell Academy

I have learned as much from this experience as the participants have; we have laughed together, wrote together, got confused together and worked out new approaches to writing that work for us all. I hope that they have seen my progression as an educator working with a new group on a new exciting project and […]

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Via the Moon by Pimlico Academy

Our group is a thoughtful, flexible and highly inventive one, and observed slices of life, meditations, memories and stories built out of the perennial favourite fictional building materials of hope, desire, regret, memory and love. Jean McNeil, First Story writer-in-residence at Pimlico Academy. On the Dot of Seven By Tilly Hankins On the dot of […]

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Held at Ransom by Nottingham Academy Ransom Road

This is the second time I have worked as First Story Writer-in-Residence at the Nottingham Academy Ransom Road site. So good we did it twice. This year was another amazing journey. My thanks again to our teacher, Mrs Tanya Russell, for her dedication and skill. In a year when we lost our friend, Head of […]

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Eureka by Nottingham Acadamy Greenwood Road

The title of the book comes from the moments we all experienced during our sessions; when an idea emerged unexpectedly, like the sun on a cloudy day, and the words began to flow. Clare Brown, First Story writer-in-residence at Nottingham Academy Greenwood Road. FORK! By Fridah Risper Nzaba Bill: I told you to put my […]

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ETC. by Acland Burghley School

It was hard work and imagination, combined with the sheer good luck of having assembled a group of such lively, talented and supportive individuals. ‘They were willing to take on every challenge I threw at them’. Marie Phillips, First Story writer-in-residence at Acland Burghley School Old… By Eliot Edmonds I remember cutting my arm when […]

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