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‘Bristol Accent’ by James Lewis

At the end of each academic year, when the First Story programmes come to an end in schools, we invite a number of students from across the country to attend a week-long writing residential. Delivered in partnership with Arvon at their three centres, the residential gives students the chance to spend an intensive week working with professional writers to hone their writing skills and […]

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‘The Letter’ by Maisy Mayo

At the end of the festive season when the fairy lights go back into the attic, it can often feel as though something has shifted. Our experience of winter can change, our sense of community and cheer giving way to the January Blues as the remaining winter months may seem to stretch ahead of us. ‘The Letter,’ […]

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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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