Schools Writing Trail: The Portico Library

Manchester City of Literature project
The Schools Writing Trail was in situ around Manchester City Centre from 1-15th June 2023 across 8 venues and featured young writers from 40 different schools across Greater Manchester. Now that the Trail has ended, we have digitised the artwork and writing here as a trail archive to be visited again and again.

The writing from The Portico Library came from The Art of the Book Award and The Sadie Massey Awards.


The Sadie Massey Awards

Established in 2015, the Portico Sadie Massey Awards (PSM Awards) aims to encourage a life-long love of reading and writing in young people from all backgrounds.

The Awards are named after Glasgow-born Sadie Massey and her desire to spread a love of reading and writing. While living in Manchester, Sadie and her husband Alex began helping disadvantaged children through various charities. This desire to give opportunities to all young people is continued through the Portico Sadie Massey Awards.


Art of the Book Award

Open to Pupil Referral Units & schools and departments with Special Educational Needs in Greater Manchester.

‘There aren’t many competitions that are inclusive and accessible for all learners, and so we really appreciate it!’ – Alanna Cryer, Phase Leader, Inscape House School


Download and read the excellent work by these young stars below.

The Portico Library