Echoes & Origins Writer

We would like to work with an experienced writer who can facilitate a group of care experienced adults and currently ‘looked after’ young people. We want you to help draw out their lived experiences along with researching, exploring and imagining the stories of the children who attended the Blue Coat charity school.

The project will bring together participants with a dance artist, historian, digital artists and a facilitator to develop workshops and a programme to highlight this history and bring it alive for the public. The writer's role in this is to develop a body of work in collaboration with participants and the wider creative team that will help to tell the story of the Blue Coat children whose voices have all but been lost.

You will have access to historical archives, creative resources, spaces and an experienced team of Participation Staff who will support you in the role.

Hours and fees

We are offering 182.5 hours of planning and delivery time, to be worked on a flexible schedule across November 2021 - July 2022 at an average rate of £35 per hour.

November and December will include research and development time with the creative team and supporting the recruitment of participants.

Key dates:

  • Saturday 20th November - Open day at the Bluecoat for recruiting participants (5
  • Thursday 25th November - Meet the team (4 hours).

You will work on average around 15-20 hours per month, to be decided in consultation with the team.

January - June 2022 you would need to commit to 1-2 workshop sessions per week (days to be decided in consultation with the creative team). Sessions will be 2 hours long, with 1 hour either side to plan and meet with the team. The total fee for the project will be £6,387.

How to apply

Download the Writers Brief for more information and complete the Expressions of Interest form below and email to Katrina Shock, Project Facilitator at

Deadline is Friday 12th November at 5pm.