Schools & Writers

In 2016-17, First Story will run creative writing residencies in 70 secondary schools serving low income areas in the East Midlands, Gloucestershire in partnership with Cheltenham Festivals, 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 Community page.

Schools and Writers 2016-2017

East Midlands

School Writer
Babington Community College Owen Craven-Griffiths
City of Leicester College Emma Pass
Farnborough Academy Paula Rawsthorne
Lincoln Castle Academy Steve Cawte
Nottingham Academy – Greenwood Site Jim Hall
Nottingham Academy – Ransom Road Mark Gwynne Jones
Queen Elizabeth’s Academy Andy Graves
Skegness Academy Dan Powell
St Paul’s Leicester Partnership Kevin Fegan
Sutton Community Academy Anthony Cropper

Gloucestershire – Cheltenham Festivals First Story

School Writer
All Saints’ Academy Jane Bailey
Gloucester Academy Alicia Stubbersfield
Severn Vale School Jonathan Lloyd


School Writer
Newland School for Girls Kerry Drewery
Sirius Academy North Russ Litten
Sirius Academy West Peter Knaggs
St Mary’s College Lee Harrison
Winifred Holtby Academy Christina Lewis


School Writer
Abbey Manor College Michelle Madsen
Acland Burghley School MC Angel
ARK Putney Juno Dawson
Berkeley Primary School Ross Raisin
The Bridge AP Academy Roland Chambers
Cranford Community College Ross Raisin
Loxford School of Science and Technology Kayo Chingonyi
Fulham Cross Girls’ School Rebecca Tantony
George Green’s School Steve Camden
Hampstead School Dean Atta
Harris Academy Battersea Francesca Beard
Heartlands School Anthony Cartwright
Highgate Wood School Adam Kammerling
Holland Park School Leo Benedictus
King Solomon Academy David Reynolds
Pimlico Academy Roland Chambers
Saint Gabriel’s College Francesca Beard
St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls Miriam Nash
St Mary’s and St John’s CE School Jasmine Cooray
St Paul’s Way Trust Monique Roffey
Wapping High School Kate Kingsley
Wembley High Technology College Peter Hobbs
Willowfield Humanities College Anthony Cartwright

South West

School Writer
Bridge Learning Campus Caleb Parkin
Fairfield High School Sanjida O’Connell
Hans Price Academy Rebecca Tantony
John Cabot Academy Chelsey Flood
Orchard School Angie Belcher

West Yorkshire

School Writer
Appleton Academy Nick Toczek
Belle Vue Girls’ School Emily Diamand
Brigshaw High School Andy Craven-Griffiths
David Young Community Academy Adam Robinson
Dixons Allerton Academy Rachel Connor
Feversham College Malika Booker & Zodwa Nyoni
Grange Technology College Donavan Christopher
Leeds City Academy Sai Murray
Leeds East Academy SJ Bradley
Leeds West Academy Nik Perring






Previous writers

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

Rebecca Abrams  ∙  Diran Adebayo ∙ Anthony Anaxagorou ∙ Raffaella Barker ∙ Caroline Bird ∙ Matt Black ∙ Malorie Blackman ∙ Julie Bolitho-Lee ∙ Clare Brown ∙ Alan Buckley ∙ Kate Clanchy ∙ Laura Dockrill ∙ Diana Evans ∙ Ben Faccini ∙ William Fiennes ∙ Chelsea Flood ∙ Kate Fox ∙ Cathy Grindrod ∙ Romesh Gunesekera ∙ Mark Haddon ∙ Julie Hearn ∙ Shahrukh Husain ∙ Mark Illis ∙ 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 ∙ Philip Pullman ∙ 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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