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‘A Beast of a Brother’ by Scarlett Stokes

This week, we invite you to read Scarlett Stokes’ poem ‘A Beast of a Brother.’ Scarlett was a member of the First Story group at Pimlico Academy, led by writer-in-residence Roland Chambers. Visceral and vivid, Scarlett’s depiction of her brother as a sea god at once conjures a mythic figure, wild and regal, and gives […]

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‘My Last Two Chapters’ by Grace Keenoy

The Friday Story this week was nominated by writer-in-residence at Leeds West Academy, Nik Perring, who said: ‘It’s such a pleasure to be able to share one of the stories written by one of the young writers I worked with at Leeds West Academy last academic year with the brilliant Miss Borthwick. It’s in our […]

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‘A Bar in Turkey’ by Victoria Lowsley

Our Friday Story this week features Victoria Lowsley’s ‘A Bar in Turkey.’ In only six brief lines, this poem completely transports the reader. Details of sensations such as the stinging lip makes the piece particularly vivid. Victoria was a member of the First Story group led by Lee Harrison at St Mary’s College in Hull.   ‘A Bar in […]

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‘Countdown’ by Caitlin Goddard

This week we invite you to read Caitlin Goddard’s ‘Countdown’, a poem which recounts an experience which most First Story students face (and admirably overcome): the anxiety of publicly performing a piece of their own writing. Caitlin was a member of the First Story group led by Jonathan Lloyd at Severn Vale School, where we run our programme in […]

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‘Chicken Tikka Sandwich’ by Molly Monelle

This week’s Friday Story features Molly Monelle’s ‘Chicken Tikka Sandwich.’ Molly is a student in the First Story group at John Cabot Academy led by Chelsey Flood, and this piece is featured in their anthology, I’mpossible. With impressive clarity, Molly’s piece evokes the way a sense memory can cause grief to revisit us. The simple […]

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First Story Summer Arvon residential week 2017

Last week saw us take over all three Arvon centres in Devon, Shropshire and West Yorkshire for our First Story Summer Residential. In partnership with Arvon, we were able to bring 48 students from across the country to these beautiful residential centres for an intensive week of creative writing workshops and tutorials with experience Arvon […]

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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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‘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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‘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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‘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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