Recent News and events

The Sunday Times will publish our National Writing Competition winning entry!

We are thrilled to announce that The Sunday Times will publish the winning entry of our First Story National Writing Competition on their website. When we reveal the winner at the prize-giving ceremony as part of LSE’s Space for Thought Literary Festival, their piece will appear on The Sunday Times website. If you want the […]

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Job Opportunity – Regional Programme Officer, East Midlands

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Regional Programme Officer to act as a champion for First Story and creative writing in the East Midlands. First Story has been operating with success in the East Midlands since 2010; we now have writers-in-residence in ten schools in Nottingham, Leicester and Lincolnshire. We are looking for […]

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First Story National Writing Competition

First Story is very excited to announce the launch of its annual National Writing Competition! We’re inviting students from state schools across the country to submit 850 words or less of poetry or prose on the theme of ‘Home’ – what does home mean to them? Is it a place, a smell, a taste, a […]

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Inspiration for our National Writing Competition!

What does ‘Home’ mean to you? How do you write a poem or story on the theme of ‘Home’? We’re asking students from state secondary schools across the UK to write up to 850 words of poetry or prose on the theme of Home – so we wanted to give some inspiration! We will be throwing out some […]

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‘The Early Bird Catches the Worm’ by Naemo Abdulle

My mother
she was the early bird
only twenty when she caught the worm
Among us she shared the slices of pizza that were her life,
giving us the mozzarella and leaving the crust for herself [...]

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‘Stumbling’ by Elysia Brown

You are five. The night is bouncing off the streetlamp down the road. The cool air wraps around your arms, but there is a barrier that prevents the air from reaching your skin, leaving it just short of brushing your bare arms. [...]

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Young Writers’ Festival 2014

What an exciting month for First Story! Last week we launched the 2014-2015 programme with our Young Writers’ Festival 2014 – two days of inspirational talks and creative-writing wonders. 1,000 students, 40 writers, 60 volunteers & 1,000 books– and we were treated to invaluable writing advice from John Berkavitch, Caroline Bird, Mark Haddon and Philip Pullman! We heard some beautiful testimonies from our First Story […]

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