Learning from award-winning writers

What better way to spend a week than relaxing in the Devon countryside, working with inspiring and talented writers to produce exciting poetry, short stories and plays? Jen Moore and David Anson took a group of Block 4 students to the Arvon Foundation’s Totleigh Barton site in the final week of the holidays. We were joined by students from Charter Academy and the week was hosted by award-winning writers Catherine Smith and Christopher William Hill, who led morning workshops and provided 1-1 tutorials in the afternoons. We were joined by Naomi Alderman who read us pieces of her work and discussed her career as a novelist and video game writer. Sadly the week flew past, but every one of us came away with new friends, fond memories and a renewed passion and confidence as writers.

By Jen Moore, Teacher of English


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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