Public Events


Monday 9th January 2017 – The Past and Future of Central Banking: A Discussion with Sebastian Mallaby and Minouche Shafik – SOLD OUT

First Story is delighted to present our next event: a discussion of The Past and Future of Central Banking, with acclaimed author Sebastian Mallaby and Bank of England Deputy Governor Minouche Shafik. Sebastian will reflect on the contemporary lessons from The Man Who Knew, his recent biography of Alan Greenspan, winner of the 2016 FT/McKinsey book prize. Minouche will respond with reflections from her experience in leadership positions at the Bank of England and before that at the International Monetary Fund.

We will gather at 6pm on 9th January at 9 Upper Grosvenor Street in Mayfair. There will be half an hour of drinks; then the discussion with Sebastian and Minouche will begin at 6:30pm and run to 7:30pm, allowing plenty of time for questions from the group.

Details available here.

Please note this event is now sold out.


Monday 16th November 2015 – Literary Lunch with Kate Mosse

At our most recent literary lunch, First Story were joined by acclaimed novelist Kate Mosse. Kate is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million books in 42 languages. Her novels include: Labyrinth (2005); Sepulchre (2007); The Winter Ghosts (2009); Citadel (2012); and The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013), a collection of short stories. In conversation with  First Story co-founder William Fiennes,  Kate delighted her audience with a fascinating discussion of her work, including her latest novel The Taxidermist’s Daughter.

Wednesday 29 April 2015 – Literary Lunch with Jessie Burton

First Story were delighted to welcome the wonderful novelist Jessie Burton. Jessie’s debut novel, The Miniaturist, has become something of a publishing phenomenon, storming to the top of the best seller lists in both hardback and paperback, as well as winning multiple awards such as Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2014.

Thursday 13 November 2014 – Reception at Downing Street

On Thursday 13th November, First Story had an amazing reception hosted by novelist Frances Osborne. We were joined by some of our students, teachers, writers and supporters in the wonderful setting of 10 Downing Street.

After a few words from Frances Osborne, we were privileged to have two of our young students speak: Reem Hamade, from Wembley High Technology College, read her beautiful poem ‘Palestine‘, and Esme Patridge, from Oxford Spires Academy, winner of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award 2013, read her poem ‘Bonfire Night…’. Esme also shared her experience of the programme with the audience and explained why she thinks First Story is important.

Thank you so much to everyone who came and who make First Story possible!


Esme Partridge, Mónica Parle, Reem Hamade and Frances Osborne Ⓒ Richard Budd

Tuesday 16 September 2014  Literary Lunch with Esther Freud

The author of eight novels, Esther Freud was born in London in 1963. As a young child she travelled through Morocco with her mother and sister, returning to  England aged six. In 1979 she moved to London to study Drama, going on to work  as an actress, both in theatre and television. Her first novel, Hideous Kinky, was published in 1992 and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and made into a film starring Kate Winslet. In 1993, after the publication of her second  novel, Peerless Flats, she was named by Granta as one of the Best of Young Novelists under 40. Esther Freud’s new novel, Mr Mac and Me, will be published in September by Bloomsbury.

Thursday 15 May 2014 – First Story Gala Dinner

On Thursday 15th May 2014, First Story held its second Gala Dinner at the Royal Institute of British Architects. A HUGE THANK-YOU to everyone who helped make the event a success! It would not have been possible without the support of our events committee, our generous donors, our auction prize donors, our sponsors, our guests, our dedicated volunteers and our amazing MC, John O’Farrell.

Take a minute to read the beautiful poem that Eurica Mae Medina, First Story student at Wembley High Technology College, read on the night in front of a captivated audience.

First Story Gala Dinner

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