Recent News and events

First Story student Safeerah Mughal talks at 2016 TEDxTeen Event

‘When I was younger, I didn’t want to be an astronaut or a princess, I wanted to be an artist, because that meant I could paint my way out of an ivory tower, I could launch myself into space with a red and orange and yellow palette, I could create whatever world I wanted to […]

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100 Word Competition Winners!

Armed with only 100 words, First Story students have come up with some stunning entries for our 100 Word Competition and we are now delighted to announce the winners!

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‘My Mother’, by Ciara Austin

My mother and I have the same sized hands, with short fingernails and wide knuckles. Those hands of hers play piano now, but her wide knuckles hide a past that makes my head hurt.

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Walkopedia Competition!

Whether it’s a wander in the evening or a two day trek, a good walk does wonders for the soul – and your words! At First Story we love a good walk as much as we love a good story, so we’re thrilled to announce that entries are now open for the 2016 Walkopedia Competition!

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‘All you need is your inner self’, First Story in the RSL Review

‘Each student has their own story to tell, and we help them to find their voices and make those stories heard.’ In the spring edition of the RSL Review, our Interim Executive Director, Emily Webb, talks about our enriching partnership with the Royal Society of Literature, and explains why First Story’s work is so valuable. Read the […]

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Longlist Announced – First Story National Writing Competition

‘In an ideal world, every school student would have First Story every week. Until that happens, the National Writing Competition gives all young people (and their teachers) a chance to write for pleasure with the possibility of winning a fantastic prize.’ Juno Dawson, author of YA novels Hollow Pike and Say Her Name and National Writing […]

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‘Horizon’, by Nathan Spencer

Sat on the soft sand

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