Small Island, Big Ideas


Bede’s is excited to announce the publication of Small Island, our very own journal of creative writing from Senior School pupils.

This first edition, featuring a strikingly surreal cover image from former Bede's art student Xiaopeng Chen, brings together an eclectic mix of writing and art work from some of the school’s strongest emerging talents.


Readers can expect to be startled by the poetic prose of Molly-Fisher Newton’s ‘On the Cusp of a Winter Dawn’ and drawn in by the merciless satire of Rhys Clarke’s Snips and Cuts, which saw its first performances at the Miles Theatre last year. 

Our Bede’s Writers’ Competition winners from 2017, Ellie Bostock-Smith and Grace Stannard, showcase work of stunning maturity, alongside Lillie Skerman’s comic tour-de-force, ‘The Retreat’, and Tilly Richardson’s luminous evocation of a single afternoon on the Cornish Coast. 


Though this edition of Small Island celebrates short form fiction and play scripts, it is excellent to also get a taste of longer works too, especially the tantalising excerpt from Jonathan Keegan’s novel-in-progress.

Aside from the wealth of writing talent, Small Island also features stunning artwork from Daniel Martirossian, Matthew Grant, Jacob Lienbenberg and Sammi Tsai.


In his forward to the publication, Head of English Mr Oliver sets out something of a vision for Small Island’s future student editors: “As it grows, it should capture creative work already happening at Bede’s, but also act as its own inspiration for creativity, pushing our would-be poets, playwrights or novelists to go that little bit further.  I’m also looking forward to seeing how the creative conversation between the writers and artists in each edition can flourish”.

The English department will be taking copies of the journal to the upcoming Small Wonder Short Fiction Festival at Charleston House to gauge public reaction to the work, and will very shortly begin discussions on this year’s edition. 

Any aspiring editors, designers and photographers should be primed to apply soon.

This may be a small island, but there are big ideas ahead.   


Though copies of the limited print run will be snapped up very soon, it will very shortly be available in pdf version. Any pupils wishing to be part of the editorial, artistic or design team for future editions should email the English department. A special thank you goes to John Hodges who has assisted with the design.