Recent News and events

Announcing the appointment of Antonia Byatt as Chief Executive

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We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Antonia Byatt as Chief Executive. Antonia, who is currently Director of English PEN and was a First Story trustee for two years, will take over from the Interim Executive Director, Linda Craig, on 1 July 2019. Antonia brings over 20 years’ experience in senior roles across a wide range of […]

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CREATIVE WRITING IN SCHOOLS: FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Three years ago, we were thrilled to have been awarded a Creative Writing in Schools grant for £600,000 by Arts Council England. The grant enabled us to expand our current national creative-writing programme in the North and the South West. During that time, alongside Paper Nations who were also awarded the Creative Writing in Schools grant, we’ve […]

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ANTHOLOGY INTRODUCTION: OUR HIDDEN UNIVERSE

REBECCA TANTONY WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE It’s been a real privilege to work at Hans Price for a second year. I really value the students in this school – they seem to have a depth of compassion that always moves me. What started as a silent classroom soon became a place in which voices were loud and fearless. […]

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CREATIVE WRITING FOR BUSINESS

First Story has teamed up with award-winning writers Roland Chambers and Ben Faccini to offer businesses the benefits of our creative-writing workshops. Whether for team training sessions, corporate awaydays or partner meetings, First Story’s writer-led workshops offer a unique way to build confidence and enhance team spirit. They treat writing as a craft and as a vehicle […]

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CPD Event: Using Objects to Inspire

Join First Story and UCL Special Collections for a unique evening of creative writing inspired by rare pieces from the university’s archive. Led by novelist and short story writer, Rachel Seiffert, the event aims to give English teachers the tools to create effective writing workshops using objects as prompts – practical ways to inspire both […]

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Five Tips for Starting a Regular Writing Practice

First Story’s work is all about encouraging young people to write creatively and have confidence in their voice and their story, but we’re not stopping there. We want to get everyone writing, which is why we started National Writing Day. If you want to cultivate a regular writing habit but have found full-time work or […]

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