National Writing Day | 27th June 2018
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‘The Elephant’ by Natalie McKnight

This week, we invite you to read Natalie McKnight’s poem, which touchingly emphasises both the preciousness and plight of the elephant. Natalie is part of the First Story group at Appleton Academy in Bradford, where students worked closely with writer-in-residence Nick Toczek to create not only their anthology, but also a CD featuring audio recordings of their […]

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Arts projects can help narrow the achievement gap, new research shows

Literature review from First Story, Paper Nations and LKMco explores what schools can do to support creative writing. New research, funded by Arts Council England’s Creative Writing in Schools Strategic Fund, shows that arts projects can help reduce the gap in academic achievement between rich and poor students. The research, released on 20th July by […]

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‘Branch’ by Reuben Diamond

All over the country there are groups of newly published authors, proudly opening anthologies that have their work printed inside, who are nervous and eager to share their writing… This is the period when First Story schools are busily hosting launch parties for student anthologies. These events are a chance for the students, staff and […]

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Her Royal Highness’s Bookshelves

— Charities gift 70 children’s books to 70 schools in celebration of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday. David Walliams and Lauren Child were among authors to celebrate with The Duchess at Clarence House, on Tuesday 11th July 2017. Literacy-focused charities and organisations have celebrated Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s upcoming […]

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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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