Recent News and events

‘I Am Fish’, by Samiual Mahmood

Samiual Mahmood is a First Story student at Bradford Academy. Their anthology was published last month and this week we’re delighted to feature Samiual’s poem, a quirky and imaginative depiction of life as a fish.  ‘I Am Fish’ by Samiual Mahmood I am fish fish fish fish, my name it echoes throughout the land I am […]

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‘Tiny Bird’, by Emily Bond

All Saints’ Academy had their anthology launch last month. Writer-in-residence Cliff Yates gave a moving introduction to the students’ readings from their beautiful anthology, Some Of These Things Are True, illustrated by students from the University of Gloucestershire. Here is one of the poems read on the night, in which student Emily Bond describes, with intricate precision and wonder, her memory of the […]

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‘The End of My Arms’, by Xii Cin Lim

Xii Cin Lim read this beautiful poem at Fulham Cross Girls’ School’s amazing inaugural First Story anthology launch in May 2015. Both students and writer-in-residence Christie Watson talked about how the project had enabled the group to mature not only as writers but as young women. ‘The End of My Arms’ contemplates motherhood from a […]

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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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