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First Story announces departure of Executive Director Mónica Parle

Mónica Parle, Executive Director

After four years as Executive Director, Mónica Parle has decided to leave First Story. Mónica, who has spent nine years in senior roles at First Story, culminating in becoming First Story’s Executive Director in July 2014, will be leaving on 12 October to pursue other opportunities, including finishing her first novel. Linda Craig will be […]

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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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‘Missing Home’ by Heidi Carrillo

Today’s Friday Story features ‘Missing Home’ by Heidi Carillo, a student at St Gabriel’s College in London. This piece is filled with longing, for home, for the tastes and smells remembered from childhood. Though the reader may not share Heidi’s memories, her vivid descriptions recall shared sensations and encourage us to reflect on our own […]

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