Furness Education Trust welcomes writers

Furness Education Trust welcomes writers

Furness Education Trust welcomes writers

During this last week of term, two schools in Furness Education Trust welcomed writers into their schools for workshops with their students.

Parkside Academy welcomed award winning poet Rachel Rooney to a virtual workshop with Year 3 students. Rachel has worked for many years as a special educational needs teacher and also runs workshops and creative writing sessions in schools. Rachel spent time reading some of her poems to the students and answered questions that the students had about how they can become better writers.

Furness Academy has their first in person author visit in over two years this week, welcoming Louisa Reid to their school library. The visit was arranged by Cathy Fidler, the Barrow Library Outreach Project Officer, who contacted school about the opportunity to host an author. Louisa ran two sessions with Year 9 students. Both sessions included Louisa discussing her previous works and reading snippets from her new book WRECKED.  Louisa’s books are written in a different styles than classic novels, instead Louisa writes verse novels. A verse novel is a novel-length narrative told through the medium of poetry rather than prose, a style that she introduced the students to.

Louisa also led a creative writing session with the students.  They started with an initial thought and built it up into a creative paragraph.  The session was centred around the word Trapped.  Both groups were really engaged and produced some super pieces of writing.

Jennifer Wildman, Assistant Headteacher at Furness Academy said, “It was great to welcome Louisa to our library and to introduce her style of verse novel writing to our students. As an English teacher, Louisa was obviously very comfortable presenting to the students who were fully engaged in her workshop. Louisa tackles some very difficult subjects in her novels and they will make an interesting read for our students. I am so pleased we have been able to have our first in person author visit in such a long time and Louisa was the perfect writer to welcome the students back to this”.


Simon Laheney, CEO of Furness Education Trust said, “Reading is incredibly important to us at Furness Education Trust and we have a vast programme of activities, opportunities and events to engage our young people in reading. The reading for pleasure culture is something we work hard on implementing across our Trust and visits like the those from Rachel and Louisa help us to grow this culture with our students.”