Author Jeremy Page helps pupils at Morpeth Secondary get their stories in print

PUBLISHED: 21:05 11 July 2014 | UPDATED: 21:05 11 July 2014

Some of the pupils in Morpeth's 'Absolutely Write!' anthology project with their writer-in-residence Jeremy Page

Some of the pupils in Morpeth's 'Absolutely Write!' anthology project with their writer-in-residence Jeremy Page


Author Jeremy Page has helped 11 pupils at Morpeth Secondary in London’s East End get their creative writing into print.

Five of the yountgsters performed their work to a packed audience when the school in Bethnal Green hosted the annual Readings Aloud event for the second year.

Pupils from Year-8 to Sixthform involved in the project presented their work from the Absolutely Write! anthology created with the help of Morpeth’s writer-in-residence.

Their stories are now printed in the anthology’s second volume. These include five performed on stage on July 8 to an audience of teachers, parents and pupils—a philosophical contemplation on the nature of dreams and lies, a slice of dystopian fantasy, a man tempted by the Devil, strange goings-on at a magical boarding-school and a murder mystery with a comic twist.

The project was piloted last year as an idea by Head teacher Jemima Reilly and developed by Head or Year-12 Sam Smith.

“One of Sam’s tutors from his Creative Writing MA delivered insets on strategies for teaching creative writing,” explained the Head.

“It was such a positive experience on staff that we wondered if it was something we could build on for our pupils.”

So it was aimed at youngsters with a passion for writing to have an input from a real author and ultimately have their work published.

Morpeth’s writer-in-residence Jeremy Page ran six workshops throughout the year and a performance workshop hosted by voice coach Gabriela Blandy, where pupils learnt how best to perform their work to a live audience.

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