Recent News and events

Learning how to use your voice is incredibly powerful

It is a quite a co-incidence that National Writing Day is my first day in the job as CEO of First Story, the lead organisation behind the campaign. When I tell people I will be working in an organisation that places writers in secondary schools serving low-income communities in England to work with students on […]

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Chris McLoughlin’s Response to a First Story Anthology Launch

We’re really  excited that we’ve begun the process of publishing this year’s anthologies. Anthology publication also means anthology launches. So, to kick off the upcoming anthology launch season, we wanted to share a piece of writing that the poet Chris McLoughlin wrote after having attended the First Story anthology launch at Nottingham Academy Greenwood Road […]

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Language for Life Conference 2019

Creativity in Literacy, Wednesday 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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