Recent News and events

Job Opportunity – Operations Manager

We are looking for an experienced and skilled Operations Manager who is committed to First Story’s vision. This is a key role that will manage the human resources and financial functions of the charity. The post-holder will also oversee the operations and facilities functions for the London Central Office. The job would be 3-4 days a week, with salary […]

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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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‘On Bastardising Poetry and Other Honest Things’ by Sophie Ulhaq

A poem by Sophie Ulhaq, Cranford Community College (London) – featured in the Friday Story e-newsletter, 29 August 2014 Lately, I feel like a leap of days that didn’t happen – or maybe days that shouldn’t have existed in the first place. It’s like there’s a rainstorm under my skin; with too much thunder and not enough […]

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First Story students become finalists in the John Betjeman Poetry Competition

We are so incredibly proud to announce that two of our First Story students are among the three finalists in the 2014 John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People! The competition, open to children aged 10-13, seeks to foster a love of poetry in young people and this year, participants were invited to explore the […]

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‘Pete’s Feet’ by Harriet Rhodes

This week, we’re delighted to feature ‘Pete’s Feet’ – a powerful life lesson by Harriet Rhodes. This talented student attended the creative-writing workshops led by Matt Black at The Dukeries Academy (Newark) in 2013-2014.

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‘A Spoken Poem’ by Harriet Sutton

Featured in the Friday Story e-newsletter, 15 August 2014 This week we’re absolutely thrilled to feature an amazing poem by 13-year-old Harriet Sutton, a talented young student from Matthew Moss High School in Bradford. How to write a poem about equality, not like this I suppose. Definition and defining yourself cannot come instantly and if it does you’re doing it wrong. It’s […]

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Summer Residential Course 2014 – ‘Fat Old Rage’ by Timon Blake

What an exciting month at First Story! Last week was the week of our summer residential course in Somerset, where we took sixty of our First Story students to spend five amazing days under the sun. Five days spent writing away in the company of acclaimed writers Caroline Bird, Matt Black, Julie Bolitho-Lee, James Dawson, Kate Fox and Andrew McMillan, in a land with no […]

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Volunteering Opportunity – Social Media Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer to help develop and grow our online presence. This opportunity would suit a recent marketing graduate or a freelance marketer who might have some spare time to dedicate to a small, friendly, literacy charity. Ideally, we would like someone in our office for one day per week, updating our […]

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