Famous Blackpool writer Nathan Parker inspires students at Montgomery High

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This term, students at Montgomery Academy had the opportunity to work with renowned Blackpool writer Nathan Parker.

Nathan, who is a former Blackpool student himself, has successfully written two novels and is fast becoming a YouTube sensation with his northern-inspired performance poetry.

Each student in Years 9, 10 and 11 spent time with Nathan over a ten-day period and experienced a series of sessions, including creative writing, poetry and exam tips .

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From left to right: Lee Meakin, English teacher, Nathan Parker, Lilly Wilkinson, Sam Connor and Harvi Linaker

Year 9’s Lilly Wilkinson said, “I really enjoyed Nathan’s session! It was great to meet a real writer and hear all about his journey.”

Harvi Linaker, also in grade 9, added, “It was amazing! Nathan taught us how to write really creative stories.”

Hannah Blake, Head of English, said: “Nathan’s sessions have been inspirational to our students and transformed the way they think about poetry and creative writing. He talks candidly about his experiences growing up at Blackpool and shows students how to use their personal experiences to shape their own writing.Students have found him incredibly accessible and we have found his workshops extremely beneficial in engaging our students in reading and developing their confidence as writers creative”.

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Nathan says his work is entirely inspired by his own life and experiences.

His first novel ‘The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson’ and second novel ‘The Rise of the Chemist’ have both been shortlisted for Lancashire’s Book of the Year, while the final book in the ‘The Taking of Granville’ trilogy will be available later. This year.

Nathan has also taken to the stage at Blackpool Tower, The Winter Gardens and regularly performs his poetry in Manchester.

He currently spends his days combining writing, literacy and youth work, set to work with Aspire Academy later this year and other Fylde Coast Academy Trust secondary schools over the next academic year.

Nathan said: “It’s fantastic to be hosted at Montgomery Academy for such a long time. When we think about literacy skills and interest in young people and how they correlate with life chances, it It’s more important than ever for us to invest time and resources to increase engagement and excitement. Stories are for everyone and I relish the opportunity to spread that message.

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