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After Summer Anthology

After Summer is an anthology of wonderful new writing for young people, produced as part of the Creative Europe-funded READ ON project.

Featuring short stories commissioned, selected and written by young people from Portugal, Norway, Italy and the UK, this is an extraordinarily varied collection of stories spanning the continent.

Stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Susana Amorim, Liam Brown, André Fernandes, Anne Fine, Constança Freire de Sousa, Liz Hyder,  Prableen Kaur Aa Vente, Agnes Matre, Ken Preston, Emma Purshouse, Bjørn Sortland, Anders Totland, Rita Vilela and Virginia Woolf.

READ ON is a major Creative Europe funded project across six European countries working in five languages. It aims to encourage young people aged 12 to 19 to engage with reading and creative writing. Writing West Midlands is the UK partner.

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Room 204 Participants 19/20

Writing West Midlands reveals the 19/20 cohort of Room 204 The new cohort of Room 204 was announced in April 2019. The writers will be embarking on a year of support through workshops and one to one meetings with Jonathan Davidson, our Chief Executive.  The Room 204 programme, which has been running since 2012, now […]

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Room 204: End of 2018 Good News

The Room 204 writers have had a very successful 2018. After some prompting, they shared with us some of the brilliant work they have done this year. It seems to have been a very busy year for the cohort and we are more than proud to share their good news with you. Applications for Room […]

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Spark Survey 2019

Our annual survey of our Spark Young Writers groups and our Summer School is below. Don’t forget to include your email address (last question) if you want to be added into the draw for the £50 book token. The draw will be done with all entries received by 5th December 2019. You can continue to […]

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Room 204 Participants 2017/18

We’re delighted to introduce our Room 204 Writer Development Programme 2017/18 intake: Chris Akers Chris was born and brought up in Birmingham. Having written for sport websites for about 3 years until 2011, Chris then turned his hand to poetry. Chris initially began writing poetry solely for performance, though lately Chris been writing purely for the page.  Performances of his poetry have […]

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Speakers and Presenters 2016

Rosie Goldsmith- Morning Keynote Rosie Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist specializing in arts and current affairs, in the UK and abroad. In 20 years at the BBC she travelled the world, covering events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa, presenting flagship BBC programmes Front Row […]

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Room 204 Participants 2015/16

Here are the writers who are part of our Room 204 Writer Development Programme 2015/16: Carol Caffrey Witherow Carol is a native of Dublin and has been living in Shropshire since 1991.  Writing (fiction, poetry and plays) has always been a part of her life, though she only began to pursue it more seriously in […]

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Spark Young Writers FAQs

Please find below a list of frequently asked questions about our Spark Young Writers’ groups, creative writing groups for children and young people in Years 3 – 11. If you have a question that isn’t on this list, please email emma[at] To see which groups have places available at the moment, please visit the Spark Young Writers […]

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