Posted on July 4th 2016

Young Writers

National creative writing charity First Story is delighted to announce the launch of its first primary school anthology with work from young writers at Berkeley Primary School.

On Monday 4th July 2016 Berkeley Primary School launched ‘The Primary Story’ an anthology of poems and short stories that Year 4 and Year 5 children had written.

Berkeley Primary is the first primary school in the country to take part in the First Story project.  In addition, Berkeley is a partner school with Cranford Community College the first secondary school to launch First Story, and this has now grown to 45 schools across the country.

Writer-in-residence Ross Raisin, author of God's Own Country and Waterline and acclaimed Granta Under 40 Best Novelist, has worked with the group to raise their confidence, hone their communication skills and give them a platform on which to showcase their creativity. 

Special guest Roland Chambers, award-winning author of Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody and The Last Englishman also gave a keynote speech and reading.

The pupils introduced their partner’s works by reading a short biography they had written. The event was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the hard work and creativity of the students at Berkeley Primary School. Participation in the project inspired a new generation of writers and we will definitely be seeing the names of Berkeley’s First Story pupils in print in the future!

Miss Paterson (First Story teacher) 

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