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First Story – Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme announced for literacy professionals working in disadvantaged settings

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and the creative writing charity First Story have collaborated to provide two new tuition fee bursaries. The First Story – Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme will enable teachers, librarians or other literary professionals working in deprived and/or disadvantaged settings to enrol on a […]

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Imaru Lewis Speaking at Our Festival

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Below is a recording of Imaru Lewis speaking at our Young Writers’ Festival at Cambridge University. Imaru’s enthusiasm in his journey with First Story made him the ideal person to introduce a new cohort of students to our programme. With humour and conviction, Imaru assured students that they each had stories to tell, and that […]

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‘Feel It’ by Madalena Magalhães

At the end of July, a select number of First Story students attended a week-long residential at one of Arvon’s sites at Lumb Bank, Totleigh Barton and the Hurst. Soon, we’ll be releasing an anthology of writing which the students wrote on this retreat. Ahead of publication, in this week’s Friday Story, we’re sharing a […]

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‘A Pleasure’ by Grace Power

Following the anthology launch at Nottingham Academy, Greenwood Road on 18th July, today’s Friday Story features ‘A Pleasure’, which First Story student Grace Power performed at the launch. The group was led by writer-in residence Jim Hall – watch a video of Jim addressing students at the launch here. You can read more work by […]

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‘Acknowledgement’ by Sarah-Louise Weston

Today’s Friday Story features ‘Acknowledgement’, a moving poem by Sarah-Lousie Weston, a First Story student at Hans Price Academy, which expresses the emotial turmoil of being a young carer. The group at Hans Price Academy was led by writer-in-residence Rebecca Tantony. You can read more work by Sarah-Louise and the rest of her group in their […]

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‘My First Story Experience’ by Henna Ravjibhai

This year has been a special one for First Story: it’s our ten year anniversary, we’ve just celebrated our second National Writing Day, and now we’ve been shortlisted for the National Lottery Awards!  That’s why, in this week’s Friday Story, we’re sharing a piece with you that captures the exciting and powerful journey First Story students take to find […]

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