Recent News and events

We’re looking for Festival volunteers!

First Story Young Writers’ Festival Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th September 2015 Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford Our fifth annual Young Writers’ Festival will bring together over 1,000 students from First Story schools across the country for two inspirational days of writing workshops, talks and performances. The young writers will have the opportunity to participate in a range of […]

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Walkopedia Winners Announced!

We are delighted to announce the winners and short list of the First Story Walkopedia Competition 2015. Walkopedia invited First Story students to write about a walk they had been on – it could be about their journey home from school, a meander through the roads of Bangladesh or even through an unfamiliar art gallery. As […]

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‘Journeys’, by James Roberts

Our East Midlands schools came together at the University of Nottingham for our creative writing event last month. It was a really inspiring day with campus tours and workshops on the theme of journeys. Six of our brilliant writers were on-hand to get the creative juices flowing, and over 100 students, teachers and staff took […]

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First Story Hackney Pirates Free CPD session for teachers

First Story Teachers’ Creative Writing Workshop for Continuing Professional Development at Hackney Pirates Date: Tuesday 30th June 2015 Time: 6.15pm – 8.30pm Venue: Hackney Pirates, 138 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2NS Booking: Email emily.webb@firststory.org.uk Cost: Free We’re inviting First Story and Hackney Pirates teachers to take part in a creative writing workshop, led by acclaimed author and founder of First Story, […]

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‘Missing’

Last month students from Dixons Allerton Academy in Bradford took a trip to Impressions Gallery. Led by writer Rachel Connor, this special session aimed to find inspiration in the gallery’s recently installed exhibition Realism in Rawiya: Photographic Stories from the Middle East, which features the work of an number of acclaimed photographers. The exhibition covered […]

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‘To you’, by Naemo Abdulle

This beautiful, epistolary poem about friendship was composed by Naemo Abdulle, a student at Wembley High Technology College. It was featured in the programme of Letters Live, a series of unique performances celebrating the enduring power of correspondence.  You know the words that trickle out of your mouth, letters mumbled and rolled off the tongue, […]

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Writers and Teachers Skills Sharing Symposium

Writers and teachers – join us for a day of creative writing skills sharing! First Story, NAWE and The Poetry Society are running a Skills Sharing Day at the University of Bolton on Saturday 4th July 2015 aimed at writers who work in schools (any age range) and teachers with an interest in creative writing […]

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