Writer in Residence
Becci L Fearnley is Slough and Eton’s new Writer in Residence. Although she has a background in teaching, Becci has been working as professional writer for the last two years. She publishes poetry under the name Becci Louise and her debut collection of poetry, ‘Octopus Medicine’ was published by Two Rivers Press in September 2017. She is also writing her first novel for young adults under the name R.L. Fearnley. Becci has performed her poetry across the country, from London to Edinburgh, and was Roundhouse Resident Artist between 2012 and 2014, where she performed her poetry play ‘A City of Foxes’, which was supported and funded by the Arts Council. Becci also runs a range of projects, from school-based workshops to museum residencies, and writes on a range of subjects and in several genres.
At Slough and Eton, Becci’s role is to engage students in all areas of the curriculum and improve both academic and creative writing. She has worked with year 11s to improve their understanding of poetry, year 13s to help develop academic writing and year 7s to create and tell stories. She is in school every Wednesday and spends her lunchtimes in the library, where students are welcome to come and find her to ask questions about being a writer, improving their writing and request feedback on their stories. Becci is also working with the English department and the Sixth Form to develop literacy across the school and improve academic writing in all Key Stages.