Steve Cawte, Writer-in-Residence

‘To see the students speak with eloquence, understanding and passion about a subject they cared not even a little for sixteen weeks ago is simply magic. Equally, hearing tales of how they have applied our extra-curricular work to gain academic results gives merit to the fun we have had.

Seeing teachers join in the workshops and produce some work that they too were proud of shows it has the ability to reach all areas of the school. Having the teachers joining in has helped to further bond teacher and student relationships which is also another fantastic byproduct of this experience.

This makes being a First Story writer a privilege and an honour, and remains one of the highlights of my year. It’s a project I strongly believe all students should get to experience at least once.’


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