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‘Boo!’ by Amie Routh

This week’s Friday Story features one of a number of poems written by students in Hull that focus on their pride in the city, its resilience, culture and people. First Story was privileged to be an education partner with the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 across the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years. In February […]

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‘His World’ by Reece Brown

At First Story, we encourage students to draw on their own experiences to inspire their writing. This helps students find their own unique voice and realise that their stories are important. Reece Brown’s poem ‘His World’ is a wonderful example of the way the personal and everyday – dirty plates, our home towns, our families – can […]

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‘Trees’ by Jodie Doughty

For many of us, the first poetry we encountered in childhood was nonsense verse, such as selections by Lewis Carroll, Spike Milligan and Michael Rosen. Joyful and silly, nonsense poems celebrate the beauty of playing with language and remind us why we fell in love with poetry. Continuing this tradition is ‘Trees’ by Jodie Doughty, an imaginative poem that […]

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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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