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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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‘Irresistible Memories’ by Samirah Moumin

On National Writing Day, we are asking everyone, everywhere to write about the view from their window. This poem, with its vivid sense of place, evokes the wonder and memories stirred up by the view the author looks upon.

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Want to take your writing to the next level? Be mentored by a Folio Academy member

How does a one-year mentorship with an acclaimed author from the Folio Academy sound? They’ll offer you one-to-one guidance and advice on a writing project. Learn from a creative writing master. Get the inside track on what it’s like to write for a career, and how you could get your work published too. What is […]

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First Story needs you! Make your voice heard as a First Story Ambassador

What would make First Story better for you? Got a good idea for how we can shout about what we do? We need 15 First Story alumni to shape what we do – and you’ll get great experience for your CV too! Join our Advisory Panel as a First Story Ambassador, and give just a […]

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‘The Bittersweet Love’ by Winnie Chinyadza

This week’s Friday Story comes from Winnie Chinyadza at Newland School for Girls in Hull, whose writer-in-residence is Young Adult author Kerry Drewery. This life-affirming poem beautifully captures how our concept of the world changes as we grow out of childhood. We hope that it will brighten up this grey Friday afternoon for you. ‘The […]

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Duchess’s Bookshelves Competition

Get involved – select your favourite books to give HRH The Duchess of Cornwall! In celebration of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday in July, First Story are delighted to be working in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, BookTrust, Roald Dahl, the Wicked Young Writer Awards and Beanstalk to present the Duchess’s Bookshelves. […]

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‘I Belong to Weston’ by Ellie Davies

Writing succinctly is a skill which even the most established and proficient writers struggle with at times, and writing a powerful piece in 100 words is no mean feat. The winners of this year’s 100 Word Competition, kindly judged and awarded prizes of books by Vintage (an imprint of Penguin Random House), have proven their […]

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‘Aqsal al Awal’ by Sabah Hussein

Last month, First Story was honoured to hold an event at the House of Lords, kindly hosted by Baroness Hogg. The night featured a powerful speech by Rory Stewart MP, who spoke about his personal relationship with writing and its importance for young people.  The event was an opportunity to spread the word about National Writing Day – our campaign to […]

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‘Last Story’ by Kate Fox

Look where our thoughts led, from being lionesses who cannot be tamed, to Game Over, from taking your whole house on holiday to walking together, from words echoing to following her alone. Every finishing line is another place to start, home is and isn’t where we keep our heart. We let each other into our […]

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‘Slave’ by Vincent Otterbeck

‘This poem all sort of rushed out from my head. It’s open to interpretation – I don’t think that there is a definitive theme. But I do identify some feelings within it, such as low self-esteem, obsessive perfectionism, self-discovery and growth. I think that it’s about persisting feelings of inadequacy and a distorted view of […]

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