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BBC Young Writers’ Award now open for submissions!


BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University now open for submissions. At First Story, we believe that everyone’s voices and stories are important. Now, you have the chance to share your story with the whole of the UK. If you’re a writer aged 14-18, submit your writing to the BBC Young Writers’ […]

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On Letters (Live)

Dear Reader, There is creativity in writing a letter. A proper letter is considered. Crafted. Good letters tell us stories, using detail to draw us in. Great letters reveal their writer’s world and showcase their unique voice. Like this intimate and poignant letter from Ronald Regan to his son: ‘Mike, you know better than many […]

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MASHUDA SNAITH WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE Our stories began where all good stories end; the library. Every Wednesday afternoon, as the corridors swarmed with students exiting the big sliding doors of City of Leicester College, twelve young women would take a different route and enter the library. They sat on desks behind the bookshelves, scribbling poems, flash-fiction, monologues […]

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Get Writing and Support Our Work

Salad Pages want your (100) words! As you’re reading this, we’re guessing you know that writing is a fantastic thing to do and ANYONE can do it. The book publisher Salad Pages are on the lookout for contributing authors for The Book by Everyone – one book written together via The Book by Everyone Facebook Page. […]

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Announcing the appointment of Antonia Byatt as Chief Executive

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We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Antonia Byatt as Chief Executive. Antonia, who is currently Director of English PEN and was a First Story trustee for two years, will take over from the Interim Executive Director, Linda Craig, on 1 July 2019. Antonia brings over 20 years’ experience in senior roles across a wide range of […]

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Three years ago, we were thrilled to have been awarded a Creative Writing in Schools grant for £600,000 by Arts Council England. The grant enabled us to expand our current national creative-writing programme in the North and the South West. During that time, alongside Paper Nations who were also awarded the Creative Writing in Schools grant, we’ve […]

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REBECCA TANTONY WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE It’s been a real privilege to work at Hans Price for a second year. I really value the students in this school – they seem to have a depth of compassion that always moves me. What started as a silent classroom soon became a place in which voices were loud and fearless. […]

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