The Rural Schools Write, Read, Inspire Project

The Rural Schools Write Read Inspire Project was launched in June 2018 by author Lorna McCann and The Rural Charity to support and enhance literacy skills and creativity among primary pupils in some of Shropshire’s smallest and most rural schools.

Five different schools took part in the fully-funded initiative, which gave Key Stage 1 pupils the opportunity to meet a real-life author and experience creative workshops linked to books and storytelling with zero cost to the school.

The week-long project coincided with Indie Author Week UK and brought together schools, communities, charities and independent authors.

About the Project

Children involved in the project 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.

Project Success

The Rural Schools Write, Read, Inspire Project has been hailed as a success by all involved. Here’s what some of the teachers and pupils had to say about the initiative.

“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 

It’s now hoped the project will be repeated in the next academic year 2018/2019.

Our vision is to continue supporting and enhancing 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 being 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.

How to get involved

Details about the next project will be updated here soon but in the meantime if you have any questions or would like to find out more information, please email




The Rural Charity