Recent News and events

Call for Workshop Proposals – Writers and Teachers Skills Sharing Symposium – Creative Writing

NAWE, First Story and The Poetry Society are running a Skills Sharing Day on Saturday 4th July, 2015 aimed at writers who work in schools (any age range) and teachers with an interest in creative writing or who teach the subject. This event is hosted by the University of Bolton, which runs a thriving creative […]

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First Story is looking for a new home…

First Story needs to find a new office space by the middle of June 2015. In an ideal world, we would find an office which could provide us with everything on the list below. We can strip back from ideal, but it seems a good place to start! If you think you might be able to […]

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First Story Hackney Pirates Free CPD session for teachers

First Story Teachers’ Creative Writing Workshop for Continuing Professional Development at Hackney Pirates Date: Tuesday 30th June 2015 Time: 6.15pm – 8.30pm Venue: Hackney Pirates, 138 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2NS Booking: Email emily.webb@firststory.org.uk Cost: Free We’re inviting First Story and Hackney Pirates teachers to take part in a creative writing workshop, led by acclaimed author and founder of First Story, […]

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‘Missing’

Last month students from Dixons Allerton Academy in Bradford took a trip to Impressions Gallery. Led by writer Rachel Connor, this special session aimed to find inspiration in the gallery’s recently installed exhibition Realism in Rawiya: Photographic Stories from the Middle East, which features the work of an number of acclaimed photographers. The exhibition covered […]

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‘To you’, by Naemo Abdulle

This beautiful, epistolary poem about friendship was composed by Naemo Abdulle, a student at Wembley High Technology College. It was featured in the programme of Letters Live, a series of unique performances celebrating the enduring power of correspondence.  You know the words that trickle out of your mouth, letters mumbled and rolled off the tongue, […]

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Writers and Teachers Skills Sharing Symposium

Writers and teachers – join us for a day of creative writing skills sharing! First Story, NAWE and The Poetry Society are running a Skills Sharing Day at the University of Bolton on Saturday 4th July 2015 aimed at writers who work in schools (any age range) and teachers with an interest in creative writing […]

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‘Somewhere man’, by Jake Marmot

This evocative poem was written during an Arvon creative writing residential course attended by our National Writing Competition winners. It was featured in our Friday Story e-newsletter, 27th March 2015. As a snake sheds its skin, You shed The universe – Exalting in all its glorious fury – And you, unfazed – As from your fists the […]

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Six Word Story 2014 Winner Announced!

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the First Story 2014 Six Word Story is Pimlico Academy’s Aaron Peart with his entry: ‘My afro is my pencil case.’ This funny, charming, beautifully concise story that has been printed on special First Story pencils. You will find the pencils in the hands of students at our […]

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