Recent News and events

Volunteer for the First Story Young Writers’ Festival!

We are seeking eager volunteers to help us with our First Story Young Writers Festival on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September 2016 at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

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‘Ultra Alt. Hair’ by Novella Brooklyn Oboma

This girl’s ultra alter ego is her natural hair, Free from the flaming locks, Her hair tells tales to the wind

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The Fair Education Alliance

First Story is delighted to be a member of the Fair Education Alliance. The Fair Education Alliance is a progressive coalition of organisations from across charities, businesses and education, all working together to fight educational inequality.

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National Writing Competition — Winners Announcement

They are only little things. A pair of tartan slippers, the undersides worn, tucked under the edge of the bedside table. Wire-rimmed spectacles, neatly folded and resting on the alarm clock. A picture frame, smudged with thumbprints. Two children and their mother, beam­ing at the camera. The photo is blurry, the corners…

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‘The Swan and the Ducklings’ by Alisha Tahir

This year’s First Story National Writing Competition, on the theme of Echoes, elicited fantastically imaginative responses from young writers across the country. With the winning entry to be announced at our prize-giving ceremony next week, we echo the creative achievements of the competition with this short story written by Dixons Allerton student Alisha Tahir, who seizes […]

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‘Lover’s Ink’ by Paige Francis

I don’t want to write but I must fill the blank pages between us: build a bridge across the vast

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‘Mr Busker Man’ by Kiya Wood

This year, the First Story group at Lincoln Castle Academy will launch their debut anthology entitled Clique. Working with writer-in-residence and performer Steve Cawte, the students chose the name to reflect their sense of shared experience and the sound their fingers make when they show appreciation for a piece of writing. Get those Friday fingers […]

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