Schools & Writers

In 2017-18, 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.

Schools and Writers 2017-18

East Midlands

School Writer
Sutton Community Academy Anthony Cropper 
Nottingham Girls Academy Jim Hall
Haven High Academy
The Lancaster School John Berkavitch
The Priory Witham Academy Kerry Drewery
Nottingham Academy – Ransom Road Mark Gwynne Jones
Nottingham Academy – Greenwood Site Jim Hall
Judgemeadow Community College Dan Powell
Lincoln Castle Academy Steve Cawtee
City of Leicester College Mahsuda Snaith
Farnborough Academy Paula Rawshorne
Babington Community College John Berkavitch


School Writer
Hull Trinity House Academy Christina Lewis
Sirius Academy North Russ Litten
Sirius Academy West Sue Wilsea
St Mary’s College Lee Harrison
Malet Lambert School Joe Hakim


School Writer
Abbey Manor College Michelle Madsen
Acland Burghley School Shauna O’Briain
ARK Putney Juno Dawson
Berkeley Primary School Ross Raisin
Cranford Community College Ross Raisin
Fulham Cross Girls’ School Rebecca Tantony
George Green’s School Steve Camden
Hampstead School Dean Atta
Heartlands High School Anthony Cartwright
Highgate Wood School Adam Kammerling
Holland Park School Leo Benedictus
Pimlico Academy Hannah Silva and Caroline Bird
Saint Gabriel’s College Francesca Beard
St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls Miriam Nash
Wembley High Technology College Peter Hobbs
Willowfield Humanities College Anthony Cartwright
Raine’s Foundation School Jarred McGinnis
Woodside High School
Chelsea Academy Darragh Martin
Whitefield School Jasmine Ann Cooray
Platanos College Lewis Buxton

South West

School Writer
The City Academy Bristol Lawrence Hoo
Severn Vale School Angie Belcher
Hans Price Academy Rebecca Tantony
John Cabot Academy
St Bede’s Catholic College
Fairfield High School Nikesh Shukla

West Yorkshire

School Writer
Appleton Academy Nick Toczek
Belle Vue Girls’ School Amanda Whittington
Brigshaw High School Andy Craven-Griffiths
Titus Salt School Andy Craven-Griffiths
Appleton Academy Primary Nick Toczek 
Feversham College Malika Booker
Grange Technology College Donavan Christopher
Risedale Sports and Community College Irene Lofthouse






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 ∙ 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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