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First Story National Writing Competition Longlist Announced!

We are thrilled to announce the longlist for First Story’s National Writing Competition 2014-15. We had a record number of entries from state secondary schools across the country all responding to the theme of ‘Home’.  We feel truly privileged to have received and read so many entries of such outstanding quality – it was a […]

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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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First Story 100 Word Competition – Winners Announced!

First Story are excited to reveal the winners of our 100 Word Postcard Competition, and to announce a special collaboration with Vintage! We’re thrilled to announce that Vintage has judged the First Story 100 Word Postcard Competition 2014 and are offering a selection of special prizes for each of the winners. Vintage Paperbacks Publishing Director […]

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First Story at the Courtauld Gallery…

Last month students from Pimlico Academy and Loxford School visited the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House to attend workshops with poets Francesca Beard and MC Angel. After Francesca read the first poem she ever wrote, aged six, MC Angel wowed the crowd with a freestyle rap using words students shouted out. The students spent the […]

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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 Speakers: James Dawson, Kate Kingsley, Anthony McGowan The First Story National Writing Competition invited students from state secondary schools across the country to write stories and […]

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Books Are Awesome

We love this new stop motion video for the great Andy Craven-Griffiths’s poem ‘Books Are Awesome’. Hear our First Story writer-in-residence explain how books, ‘our familiar old friends’ are the ‘best way I know to make things grow’. First Story agrees entirely, books ARE awesome.   Have a look at Andy’s poem here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcwb2YXH2mI

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‘A door firmly locked’ by Jasmine Burgess

I pick out each raisin and put it on
the edge of the table, ease
the mince pie from the silver foil.
Outside, there’s a miniscule snowman
the size of my hand, perched [...]

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