National Writing Day | 27th June 2018
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‘A Bar in Turkey’ by Victoria Lowsley

Our Friday Story this week features Victoria Lowsley’s ‘A Bar in Turkey.’ In only six brief lines, this poem completely transports the reader. Details of sensations such as the stinging lip makes the piece particularly vivid. Victoria was a member of the First Story group led by Lee Harrison at St Mary’s College in Hull.   ‘A Bar in […]

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‘Countdown’ by Caitlin Goddard

This week we invite you to read Caitlin Goddard’s ‘Countdown’, a poem which recounts an experience which most First Story students face (and admirably overcome): the anxiety of publicly performing a piece of their own writing. Caitlin was a member of the First Story group led by Jonathan Lloyd at Severn Vale School, where we run our programme in […]

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‘Chicken Tikka Sandwich’ by Molly Monelle

This week’s Friday Story features Molly Monelle’s ‘Chicken Tikka Sandwich.’ Molly is a student in the First Story group at John Cabot Academy led by Chelsey Flood, and this piece is featured in their anthology, I’mpossible. With impressive clarity, Molly’s piece evokes the way a sense memory can cause grief to revisit us. The simple […]

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Volunteer for the First Story Young Writers’ Festival!

We are seeking eager volunteers to help us with our First Story Young Writers Festival on Tuesday 19th September 2017 at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. How can I help?  Volunteers are essential to the success of our festival. Our volunteers help us with a great variety of tasks such as welcoming schools, accompanying students through campus, […]

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First Story Summer Arvon residential week 2017

Last week saw us take over all three Arvon centres in Devon, Shropshire and West Yorkshire for our First Story Summer Residential. In partnership with Arvon, we were able to bring 48 students from across the country to these beautiful residential centres for an intensive week of creative writing workshops and tutorials with experience Arvon […]

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‘The Elephant’ by Natalie McKnight

This week, we invite you to read Natalie McKnight’s poem, which touchingly emphasises both the preciousness and plight of the elephant. Natalie is part of the First Story group at Appleton Academy in Bradford, where students worked closely with writer-in-residence Nick Toczek to create not only their anthology, but also a CD featuring audio recordings of their […]

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Arts projects can help narrow the achievement gap, new research shows

Literature review from First Story, Paper Nations and LKMco explores what schools can do to support creative writing. New research, funded by Arts Council England’s Creative Writing in Schools Strategic Fund, shows that arts projects can help reduce the gap in academic achievement between rich and poor students. The research, released on 20th July by […]

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‘Branch’ by Reuben Diamond

All over the country there are groups of newly published authors, proudly opening anthologies that have their work printed inside, who are nervous and eager to share their writing… This is the period when First Story schools are busily hosting launch parties for student anthologies. These events are a chance for the students, staff and […]

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Her Royal Highness’s Bookshelves

— Charities gift 70 children’s books to 70 schools in celebration of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday. David Walliams and Lauren Child were among authors to celebrate with The Duchess at Clarence House, on Tuesday 11th July 2017. Literacy-focused charities and organisations have celebrated Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s upcoming […]

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‘Red Light’ by Aziza Brown

Wednesday was a very special day for First Story. We launched the UK’s first ever National Writing Day with partners across the country and we were absolutely blown away with the response. We asked everyone to look out of their windows and write about their view, and we were inundated with stories, poems, dialogues and even raps that gave […]

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