Dalek is in the Dictionary by Highgate Wood School

The great thing about First Story, I think, is that it strips writing back to its most basic element: joy. Stringing words together on a page can be an act of joy, of fun, of play. Working with the Highgate Wood First Story group – a hugely talented bunch of writers – I’ve seen again and again the pleasure that writing can give, and I’ve been reminded of why I started writing during my own schooldays.

Jonathan Lee, First Story writer-in-residence at Highgate Wood School 

You’re Young,

I’m Old

By Eleanor Brady

You’re young because every day is a new adventure,

I’m old because every day is the same routine.

You’re young because snow is an exciting sledge-filled day,

I’m old because the cold means an excuse for a lie in.

You’re young because of your natural glow in the summertime,

I’m old because even the shade is too hot.

They’re young,

I’m old.

Their whole life left ahead of them,

Mine never really beginning.

Death is still a stranger,

For me he is a distant friend.

You’re young because you make new friends every day,

I’m old because I can’t even find the time to meet old ones.

You’re young because you don’t know what you want to be yet,

I’m old because I still haven’t decided.

They’re young,

I’m old.

Their whole life left ahead of them,

Mine never really beginning.

Death is still a stranger,

For me he is a distant friend.

A friend that I am soon to meet…

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