Cuckoo Young Writers: Story Trail

The Cuckoo Young Writers @ The Word programme, which meets weekly, offers young writers aged 12-19 a chance to share their work, learn new skills and give and receive feedback in a creative and supportive atmosphere.

Over Spring 2017, the group worked with Matt Wesolowski and James Whitman (the group deliverers) exploring dark fiction and as part of an end of term project involving this, they created the Story Trail. It launched on Wednesday 21 June as part of our WRITE Festival and includes stories you can listen to on your phone/tablet by scanning a QR code.

We got the chance to speak to a few of the young writers at the launch, Jenni, Rebecca and Joseph, who told us that the group “helped build confidence” and that it was “great to meet other people who enjoy writing”.

The trio of young writers described the trail as an interesting ‘patchwork’ story. You scan the QR codes on your phone/tablet and are directed to a website which holds information and an audio track for each object – there is also a surprise waiting at the end!

The QR codes for the trail are located around The Word for anyone to enjoy!


If you’d like to know more about the Story Trail, or about joining the Cuckoo Young Writers @ The Word for future projects, contact rachael@newwritingnorth.com. The group is about to start a new topic — dystopian fiction — so now is a perfect time for you to join!