The Portico Sadie Massey Awards

Each year The Portico awards multiple prizes to young people in book review and creative writing categories. We work with authors to deliver workshops across Greater Manchester and promote essential skills in communication, creativity and critical thinking. Our focus is on supporting the school curriculum to help develop talents, boost confidence and above all, encourage a life-long love of literature.



We are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2019 Portico Sadie Massey Awards have been selected. Click on the ‘Winners’ tab below to read their entries.

Meet the judges…

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Martin Griffin is an award-winning writer of fiction, including ‘The Poison Boy’ published under the pseudonym Fletcher Moss as well as YA thrillers ‘Lifers’ and ‘Payback’, both as M.A. Griffin. He also has 20 years’ experience teaching post-16 students, latterly as assistant head teacher and deputy head teacher. He works with schools and colleges to design and implement character development and mindset programmes, and is the author of The A-Level Mindset and The GCSE Mindset.

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Jake Hope is a Reading Development and Children's Book Consultant. He has worked as the Reading and Learning Development Manager for Lancashire Libraries, one of the largest authorities in the United Kingdom. He has judged almost every major literary award in the UK and speaks and trains on many subjects relating to children's books and reading. Jake is the Chair of the Youth Libraries Group National Committee. He is an avid reader and commentator on reading and books for children and young people.


Danielle Jawando is a writer and Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Roehampton University. In 2015, Danielle worked on Coronation Street as a storyline writer and has had several short plays performed at the King’s Arms in Manchester and Stratford Circus in London. Her short story ‘Kyle’s City’ (for children aged 5 to 7) was commissioned by the BBC and broadcast on iplayer in 2017. She has also written several short stories for both adults and younger readers. Danielle’s first nonfiction book for children (based on the life of Maya Angelou) will be published later this year. Her debut YA novel And The Stars Were Burning Brightly will be out with Simon & Schuster in 2020.

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Paul Morris was a successful lawyer before becoming an author known for his meticulous research and exciting stories. As one of the most successful writers for Seven Arches Publishing’s Time Traveller Series with his book about Alan Turing, Paul is often in demand for talks and signings for ‘Time Traveller Danny and the Codebreaker’. His research about the misunderstood genius was so meticulous even staff at Bletchley Park couldn’t fault his facts! His other published works include YA fiction and poetry and includes his book ‘Beyond the Morning Sun’, released in support of services charity Combat Stress. His latest book, ‘Time Traveller Danny and the Paradise Machine’, will be available soon.