National Writing Day | 27th June 2018
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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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Duchess’s Bookshelves Competition

Get involved – select your favourite books to give HRH The Duchess of Cornwall! In celebration of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday in July, First Story are delighted to be working in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, BookTrust, Roald Dahl, the Wicked Young Writer Awards and Beanstalk to present the Duchess’s Bookshelves. […]

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‘I Belong to Weston’ by Ellie Davies

Writing succinctly is a skill which even the most established and proficient writers struggle with at times, and writing a powerful piece in 100 words is no mean feat. The winners of this year’s 100 Word Competition, kindly judged and awarded prizes of books by Vintage (an imprint of Penguin Random House), have proven their […]

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‘Aqsal al Awal’ by Sabah Hussein

Last month, First Story was honoured to hold an event at the House of Lords, kindly hosted by Baroness Hogg. The night featured a powerful speech by Rory Stewart MP, who spoke about his personal relationship with writing and its importance for young people.  The event was an opportunity to spread the word about National Writing Day – our campaign to […]

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‘Last Story’ by Kate Fox

Look where our thoughts led, from being lionesses who cannot be tamed, to Game Over, from taking your whole house on holiday to walking together, from words echoing to following her alone. Every finishing line is another place to start, home is and isn’t where we keep our heart. We let each other into our […]

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‘Slave’ by Vincent Otterbeck

‘This poem all sort of rushed out from my head. It’s open to interpretation – I don’t think that there is a definitive theme. But I do identify some feelings within it, such as low self-esteem, obsessive perfectionism, self-discovery and growth. I think that it’s about persisting feelings of inadequacy and a distorted view of […]

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‘I Remember’ and ‘If Love was Water’ by Bilal Razaq

“Write it down.” This is the advice so often given to us when we experience intense feelings, whether they are of happiness, sadness or anxiety. Indeed, the impact of writing about such feelings can be profound: it can provide an outlet for the writer, but it also rewards the reader, who is given a privileged […]

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‘The Shortest Story’ by Lydia Shackleton

I’m unofficially an author. I write unofficial works that are unofficially read by unofficial people.

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‘Footsteps to Freedom’ by Megan Dennison

In early September, a familiar path illuminates Hull’s Old Town replacing the burnt out street lamps along Humber Street.

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‘Poor Pat’ by Alaa Lafta

He’s wearing his ring to his ex-wife’s wedding. Let me clarify: he is wearing his wedding ring – the ring his ex-wife gave to him – at said ex-wife’s wedding. Her wedding to another person. Another person who isn’t fat.

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