Recent News and events

Language for Life Conference 2019

Creativity in Literacy, Tuesday 12th June, 4.30pm – 7pm.  First Story is delighted to invite you to Creativity in Literacy, an inspiring afternoon of professional development that we are jointly hosting with the English Speaking Union and Rooted in Reading. The afternoon will feature a keynote speech by renowned educationalist Mary Myatt. First Story, the English […]

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#Merky Books New Writers’ Prize


We’re incredibly excited to announce our partnership with #Merky Books and the Good Literary Agency on the #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize. The competition aims to connect with young writers and find a new work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry to publish, and is now open for submissions! Please click the following link to apply […]

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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

Antonia Byatt photo

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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