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‘Reflections’ – 2013-2014 Creative Writing Competition

The 2013-2014 Creative Writing Competition is the result of a collaboration between First Story and the London School of Economics. The competition was opened to students in state secondary schools in Bradford, the East Midlands, London and Oxford. They were challenged to write a piece of 800 words or less on ‘Reflections’ and what the word […]

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Creative Writing Event at the University of Nottingham

In a wonderful collaboration between First Story and the University of Nottingham, over a hundred students from across the East Midlands spent the afternoon exploring the beautiful campus at the University of Nottingham and their own dreams and aspirations for the future.

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TUESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2014 – Literary Lunch with Esther Freud

We are thrilled to announce our next literary lunch featuring best-selling author Esther Freud. Esther will talk about her life and work as an actress and a critically acclaimed writer, and will present her new novel Mr Mac and Me.

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Guy with Hand Out by Safeerah Mughal, Feversham College

Featured in the Friday Story e-newsletter, 14 March 2014   This piece was written during a creative-writing workshop at the Impressions Gallery, Bradford. In small groups led by a First Story writer, the students toured the gallery and participated in a 90-minute writing workshop, where they reflected on the work of documentary photographer, Paul Reas.  This was it. The warmth […]

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Creative-writing afternoon at UCL Museums & Collections

On a rainy day in January, First Story and University College London combined forces to hold a creative-writing afternoon for six London secondary schools. Working with acclaimed First Story writers, the students wrote an array of excellent poems and prose inspired by UCL’s varied museums and collections.

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Untitled by Charis Bartley, Lambeth Academy

On 19 January, six of our London-based First Story groups enjoyed an afternoon of creative writing at the UCL Museums & Collections. Taking inspiration from the magnificent Geology Collection, fourteen-year old Charis Bartley from Lambeth Academy wrote the following piece.

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The night I got locked in a museum… by Chess Edwards, Cheney School

Featured in the Friday Story e-newsletter, 31 January 2014  This story was written during a writing workshop at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. The students were required to include certain words in their writing, highlighted below in bold.  The night I got locked in the museum . . . it was cold, my breath a […]

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