LGP Director Ella Burns kneeling on the floor smiling at two children who are writing stories at a workshop

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. Immediately, Ella knew she had to bring this concept to Brighton & Hove. As a result, Little Green Pig was born. We started two after-school writing clubs for children and young people at Brighton Youth Centre. Children and parents loved our workshops. We began to attract writers, artists, volunteers and other local organisations who wanted to work with us.

The middle

From 2012 to 2016, Julie Watson came on board as a co-director. Julie 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, which was co-founded by writer Nick Hornby. (We also did lots of strange things like transforming a bus into a writing pet shop and braved the ghosts at Preston Manor to write a murder mystery!)

The end and what’s next

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

To date, we have worked with almost 3000 children and young people both in and out of school. We’ve trained over 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.