Recent News and events

Call for Workshop Proposals – Writers and Teachers Skills Sharing Symposium – Creative Writing

NAWE, First Story and The Poetry Society are running a Skills Sharing Day on Saturday 4th July, 2015 aimed at writers who work in schools (any age range) and teachers with an interest in creative writing or who teach the subject. This event is hosted by the University of Bolton, which runs a thriving creative […]

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The Sunday Times publishes our National Writing Competition winning piece by Mukahang Limbu!

The overall winning poem in our First Story National Writing Competition has been published in The Sunday Times paper and online, celebrating the achievements of the winner Mukahang Limbu from Oxford Spires Academy. The article can be read here and below, along with Mukahang’s winning poem. Mukahang will read his winning poem at the prize giving event […]

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First Story National Writing Competition shortlist announced!

We are delighted to announce the shorlist for First Story’s National Writing Competition 2014-15. With over 3,000 entries from state secondary schools across the country, it is a huge achievement to be shortlisted for the competition and we would like to congratulate every student who has got this far. All the longlisted pieces are published on our website […]

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National Writing Competition – Prize Giving

First Story’s National Writing Competition public talk and prize giving ceremony will be held as part of LSE’s Literary Festival Date: Monday 9 March 2015 Time: 6-7.30pm Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE Map: New Academic Building is on Sardinia Street (top left corner of map) Speakers: James Dawson, Kate Kingsley, Anthony McGowan The First Story National Writing Competition […]

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First Story is looking for a new home…

First Story needs to find a new office space by the middle of June 2015. In an ideal world, we would find an office which could provide us with everything on the list below. We can strip back from ideal, but it seems a good place to start! If you think you might be able to […]

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Six Word Story 2014 Winner Announced!

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the First Story 2014 Six Word Story is Pimlico Academy’s Aaron Peart with his entry: ‘My afro is my pencil case.’ This funny, charming, beautifully concise story that has been printed on special First Story pencils. You will find the pencils in the hands of students at our […]

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First Story National Writing Competition Winners announced!

After an amazing prize giving evening at LSE’s Literary Festival on Monday night, we are delighted to announce the winners and runners up of the First Story National Writing Competition. We heard beautiful readings from the winners and runners up of the competition. Three of the competition judges – Anthony McGowan, James Dawson and Kate Kingsley – also discussed the […]

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Dawn of the Unread!

Dawn of the Unread We’re very proud to support a fantastic initiative to engage reluctant readers through digital storytelling, set up in Nottinghamshire by James Walker. Here, he talks about what motivated him and what Dawn of the Unread is up to. I despise illiteracy. I would go as far as to classify it as […]

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‘Writing can be a source not just of pleasure but of power’ William Fiennes in The Sunday Times

The biscuit girl’s tale makes us all crumble A charity is using writing classes to help children find their voice, says the author William Fiennes. Read the article on The Sunday Times online here. It’s a dank Thursday afternoon, and 16 teenagers and two teachers have stayed behind after the 3pm bell at Wembley High […]

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