The adagio was soft pecks on cheeks, sad ointment, A tender brush of keys, semi-staccato,
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They sit together on a sofa. One they’d found outside earlier. Their hands and feet are still and resting.
There was a moment, during our second session, when a shift in the atmosphere occurred. The group had finished writing their second poem of the session and were taking it in turns to read them out. Raniya, who had not wanted to read out her first poem, acquiesced to the gentle persuasion of the others,and […]
The First Story Residential Anthology 2016 has arrived! And it’s crammed full of the thoughts and voices of forty-seven students inspired by five glorious days of writing. For each student, the Residential was a once in a life-time opportunity to forge friendships with their peers and be taught by acclaimed writers Jasmine Cooray, Andy Craven-Griffiths, Anjum Malik, Tim […]
For the young people taking part in the programme, from low-income communities around the country, this is the start of their First Story journey. Jaws drop and eyes widen as these participants, led by their teachers, make their way in to marquee that serves as the festival hub. Everyone is brimming with energy and knows […]