National Writing Day | 27th June 2018
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Robert Webb to present BBC Radio 4 Appeal

We are thrilled to announce that Robert Webb, actor and author of the wonderful, important, and number one bestselling book How Not To Be a Boy, will be presenting a charity appeal on behalf of First Story on BBC Radio 4. The appeal will showcase our work with young people and let listeners know how […]

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‘His World’ by Reece Brown

At First Story, we encourage students to draw on their own experiences to inspire their writing. This helps students find their own unique voice and realise that their stories are important. Reece Brown’s poem ‘His World’ is a wonderful example of the way the personal and everyday – dirty plates, our home towns, our families – can […]

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‘Trees’ by Jodie Doughty

For many of us, the first poetry we encountered in childhood was nonsense verse, such as selections by Lewis Carroll, Spike Milligan and Michael Rosen. Joyful and silly, nonsense poems celebrate the beauty of playing with language and remind us why we fell in love with poetry. Continuing this tradition is ‘Trees’ by Jodie Doughty, an imaginative poem that […]

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‘A Beast of a Brother’ by Scarlett Stokes

This week, we invite you to read Scarlett Stokes’ poem ‘A Beast of a Brother.’ Scarlett was a member of the First Story group at Pimlico Academy, led by writer-in-residence Roland Chambers. Visceral and vivid, Scarlett’s depiction of her brother as a sea god at once conjures a mythic figure, wild and regal, and gives […]

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‘My Last Two Chapters’ by Grace Keenoy

The Friday Story this week was nominated by writer-in-residence at Leeds West Academy, Nik Perring, who said: ‘It’s such a pleasure to be able to share one of the stories written by one of the young writers I worked with at Leeds West Academy last academic year with the brilliant Miss Borthwick. It’s in our […]

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New Partnership Announced

BBC Radio has today announced First Story and the University of Cambridge as the new partners for its short story awards, in a three-year collaboration starting in 2018. Read more here.

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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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