Schools & Writers

In 2018-19, First Story will run creative writing residencies in secondary schools serving low income areas in the East Midlands, London, the South West, and West & East Yorkshire.

We are expanding our programme further to reach more young people across the country, so please keep an eye on our website for future developments. If you are a school or writer and would like to enquire about working with First Story, please contact us here.

If you are a First Story teacher or writer-in-residence, please visit our ‘For Schools’ pages.






School Programme Region Writer
Abbey Manor College London Anthony Cartwright
Addey and Stanhope School London Adam Robinson
Appleton Academy and Primary North Nick Toczek
Ark Putney London
Babington Community Academy East Midlands Owen Craven Griffiths
Belle Vue Girls’ Academy North Michelle Scally Clarke
Berkeley Primary School London Ross Raisin
Chelsea Academy London Darragh Martin
City Academy South West Chris Redmond
Cranford Community College London Ross Raisin
Dixons City Academy North Testament
Dixons Kings Academy North
Fairfield High School South West Rebecca Tantony
Feversham College North Christina Lewis
Fulham Cross Girls’ School London
George Greens’ School London Hannah Silva
Grange Technology College North Amanda Whittington
Hampstead School London Dean Atta
Haven High Academy East Midlands Sonya Hundal
Hull Trinity House Academy North Christina Lewis
John Mason School South West Alan Buckley
Judgemeadow Community College East Midlands Dan Powell
Landau Forte Academy East Midlands Joe Marsh
Lawn Manor Academy South West Rebecca Tantony
Lincoln – A Priory Academy East Midlands Steve Cawte 
Lincoln Castle Academy East Midlands Laura Turner
Malet Lambert North Joe Hakim & Vicky Foster
Nottingham Academy, Greenwood Road East Midlands Ioney Smallhorne
Nottingham Academy, Ransom Road East Midlands Ioney Smallhorne
Pimlico Academy London Steven Camden
Platanos College London Lewis Buxton
Raine’s Foundation School London Jarred McGinnis
Saint Gabriel’s College London Francesca Beard
Saint Paul’s Way Trust School London Jasmine Cooray
Sirius Academy North North Russ Litten
St Bede’s Catholic College South West Sanjida Kay
St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls London Rachel Seiffert
St Mary’s College North Lee Harrison
Swindon Academy South West Caleb Parkin
The City of Leicester College East Midlands Andy Graves 
The Cumberland School London Jarred McGinnis
The Farnborough Academy East Midlands Mark Gwynne Jones 
The Giles Academy East Midlands Sonya Hundal
The Lancaster Academy East Midlands Owen Craven Griffiths 
Titus Salt School North Andy Craven-Griffiths & Testament
UCL Academy London Rachel Seiffert
Wembley High Technology College London Stephanie Cross
Whitefield School London Jasmine Cooray
Willowfield High School London Anthony Cartwright
Witham – A Priory Academy East Midlands Kerry Drewery
Woodside High School London Michelle Madsen


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

Rebecca Abrams  ∙  Diran Adebayo ∙ Anthony Anaxagorou ∙ Raffaella Barker ∙ Leo Benedictus ∙ Caroline Bird ∙ Matt Black ∙ Malorie Blackman ∙ Julie Bolitho-Lee ∙ Clare Brown ∙ Alan Buckley ∙ Kate Clanchy ∙ Juno Dawson ∙ Laura Dockrill ∙ Diana Evans ∙ Ben Faccini ∙ William Fiennes ∙ Chelsea Flood ∙ Kate Fox ∙ Cathy Grindrod ∙ Romesh Gunesekera ∙ Mark Haddon ∙ Jim Hall ∙ Julie Hearn ∙ Peter Hobbs ∙ Shahrukh Husain ∙ Mark Illis ∙ Emma Jones ∙ Adam Kammerling ∙ Kate Kingsley ∙ Lou Kuenzler ∙ Graham Lester George ∙ Eireann Lorsung ∙ Richard MacSween ∙ Irfan Master ∙ Hisham Matar ∙  Andrew McMillan ∙ Jean McNeil ∙ Daljit Nagra ∙ Courttia Newland ∙ Shauna O’Briain ∙ John O’Farrell ∙ Nii Parkes ∙ Tim Pears ∙ Marie Phillips ∙ Philip Pullman ∙ John Siddique ∙ Stan Skinny ∙ Mahendra Solanki ∙ Deborah Stevenson ∙ Matt Thorne ∙ Nicola Valentine ∙ Christie Watson ∙ Frances Wilson ∙ Alex Wheatle ∙ 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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