Our story and inspiration

The beginning

Once upon a time, Ella Burns read an interview with writer Dave Eggers about a writing centre shop for pirates he had set up in San Francisco called 826 Valencia. Ella knew she had to bring this concept to Brighton & Hove, so the beginnings of Little Green Pig were born. We started two after-school writing clubs for children and young people at Brighton Youth Centre. Children and parents loved what we were doing, and we began to attract writers, artists, volunteers and other local organisations who wanted to work with us.

The middle

Julie Watson came on board as a co-director from 2012 to 2016, and brought the big vision, knowledge of the local landscape and a lot of American charm to Ella’s expertise in writing and education. In 2012 we began mentoring with London’s Ministry of Stories, co-founded by writer Nick Hornby. (We also did lots of strange things like transform a bus into a writing pet shop, braved the ghosts at Preston Manor to write a murder mystery, and wrote a couple of soap operas…)

The end and what’s next

We’re now part of an amazing network of writing organisations across the world, from the Labo des Histoires in France, to 100 Story Building in Sydney, Australia.

We’ve worked with over 2500 children and young people both in and out of school, trained 250 volunteers and are working with a growing number of professional writers and artists, including our fabulous cohort of creative patrons.

To find out how you can help, go to our support us page.