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‘My Pillars’ by Sydney Turner

You are grey because you’re calming and you border light and dark. You are Pluto because you’re small yet people care about you.

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National Writing Competition – Enter Now!

We’re inviting students and teachers from all secondary state schools across the UK to submit 850 words or less of poetry or prose on the theme of ‘Footprints’. You could win a place on a creative writing residential course with Arvon and be published in the winners’ anthology! Multi-award-winning authors Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident […]

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‘Home’ by Jesse April

Home is where the heart is As most would say Even though sometimes that Can be far away My home is South Africa Quite some miles away My Ouma en familie Ek dink hulle is bly

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The Young Writers’ Festival Headliners!

We are hugely excited to announce that award winning writers Naomi Alderman, Laura Dockrill, Anthony McGowan and Dave Rudden will be joining First Story at this year’s Young Writers’ Festival, on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

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‘Brautu’ by Shakira Irfan

Brautu is a man in his mid-twenties. He is a tattoo artist and plays the parts of giver and receiver. He is white skin with embellished tapestry on every visible space.

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‘Home’ by Madeeha Mohammed

A home cannot be defined as a house. A home includes: A loving family, Freedom to everything, Countless warm hugs,

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‘The Book and the Hard Drive’ by Bilal Mahmood, Fatima Ahmed and Inez Bright

The First Story students of Wembley High Technology College recently participated in a workshop put together by Index on Censorship, an international organisation that defends the right to freedom of expression. The students were asked to bring objects along to the workshop and, writing together in small groups, they used these objects to explore issues surrounding […]

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