The Rural Schools Write, Read, Inspire Project 2019

The Rural Schools Write Read Inspire Project is set to return in 2019 following the success of the initiative last year.

Founded by award-winning children’s author Lorna McCann in partnership with The Rural Charity, the educational project aims to enhance literacy skills and creativity in Shropshire’s small rural schools.

As part of the project, five schools will be given the opportunity to receive a fully-funded author visit and experience storytelling sessions and creative workshops linked to books.

The sessions will be delivered by bestselling children’s authors Lorna McCann and Sarah Griffiths from Shropshire and Liverpool-based author and professional storyteller Jude Lennon.

The project will run in schools from Monday, June 10 to Friday, June 14 to coincide with Indie Author Week UK and applications for the project are now open.

How to apply

Schools interested in taking part in the project must meet the following criteria:

  • Be located in the county of Shropshire
  • Have 150 pupils or less across the entire school
  • Ideally will have not received a visit from an author within the last 18 months but not essential
  • Be able to timetable a two-hour author visit (inclusive of breaks) during the week of June 10 to June 14

If your school meets the above criteria, please download the simple application form here and return to by the closing date of Friday, April 19.

Project Success 2018

Children involved in the project last year enjoyed storytelling sessions and role play activities and learned about the processes involved with writing and publishing a book in a fun and engaging way. Children were also given the opportunity to use their imaginations and be an author/illustrator for the day creating short stories and book covers.

The initiative in 2018 was hailed a success by all involved. Here’s what some of the teachers and pupils had to say about it:

“Fantastic morning. Highly recommended and inspiring for everyone – even the grown-ups!” Key Stage 1 Teacher

“What a fantastic morning. All of the children were enthralled and engaged. They loved developing their story and adding their ideas.” Key Stage 1 Teacher

“The whole morning was great. The children were unbelievably engaged and motivated. Lorna was brilliant with the children too.” Key Stage 1 Teacher

“It was awesome because I got to design a front cover to a book on my own.” Year One Pupil 


Our vision through the Rural Schools Write, Read, Inspire Project is to support and enhance literacy and creative skills among children in small, rural schools by providing opportunities and experiences which might not otherwise be accessible due to funding limitations.

With literacy high on the agenda in all schools but particularly at primary level, a visit from an author can provide so many benefits to pupils including improving literacy, inspiring reluctant readers, building confidence and broadening knowledge of literacy.

This project aims to provide such opportunities in small schools and all three authors – Lorna McCann, Jude Lennon and Sarah Griffiths – have a vast amount of experience working with primary aged children to inspire a love of reading for pleasure.

You can see last year’s project live in action here!!

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