A popular feature of John’s work in schools is his writing and recording project. After the participating group has created its own material, John records this and then, either with the group or in his home studio, edits the recordings, adding effects where necessary, before giving the school a CD of the resulting material. John can also provide a CD for each participant as a souvenir of their participation in the project. Some schools have also used recordings for their own podcasts.

Examples of resulting work have included:

Students in a secondary school creating their own PSHE materials.

Infant students creating dramatised versions of popular folk tales.

Junior students creating original plays and ballads celebrating the history of the Black Country.

Secondary school students making their own radio plays.

Secondary school media students creating short radio shows.

Secondary and primary students making up their own folk tales and sending CDs of their work to partner schools in other parts of the world.

An original musical created with Year 2 students:
Florence - The Musical, telling the story of Florence Nightingale.

Original songs, scripts and soundtracks for school productions.


In the wider community, John has also recorded, edited and produced two CDs for Wolverhampton City Libraries: I’m A Storyteller, Get Me Out Of Here, an anthology of young people’s stories, and City Voices Live at the City Bar, a live recording of local writers performing their own material, as well as a CD of a production of John’s original script bringing older and younger performers together, Crossing the Bridge.

John uses his own (Mac-based) recording and editing equipment, and can also offer inset training on how to use recording in the classroom.