The Portico Sadie Massey Awards
Your school can visit The Portico Library to learn about our history and our amazing collection, which covers a wide variety of subjects, such as Local History, Poetry, Science and Mythology!
As part of The Portico Sadie Massey Awards we can also offer subsidised Reading and Writing workshops. Whatever your goals, we can be flexible in helping you to design the perfect workshop. Read on to learn more about the local authors we work with to encourage a life-long love of literature and learning.
Marie Basting is a writer and creative practitioner. She provides freelance creative writing support to schools, offering a range of innovative workshops. An engaging and professional learning practitioner, with a relaxed, friendly style Marie has been commissioned to participate in numerous literary events and regularly delivers creative writing outreach support for Manchester Metropolitan University where she works as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of English.
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.
Author of the brilliantly observed contemporary YA novels, ‘Me & Mr J’ and ‘The #1 Rule for Girls’ Rachel has worked and lived in the US and Spain, teaching English and writing travel guides and features before settling back here again in the UK. She is an experienced workshop facilitator and has sat on numerous book festival panels and events. Rachel has extensive experience of teach GCSE and A Level English and also write educational resources for schools. Her latest book, ‘This Careless Life’ is a modern take on J.B. Priestley’s play, ‘An Inspector Calls’ in which four privileged teenagers are forces to face up to consequences of their thoughtless actions. All her novels are published by Egmont.
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.