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‘Acknowledgement’ by Sarah-Louise Weston

Today’s Friday Story features ‘Acknowledgement’, a moving poem by Sarah-Lousie Weston, a First Story student at Hans Price Academy, which expresses the emotial turmoil of being a young carer. The group at Hans Price Academy was led by writer-in-residence Rebecca Tantony. You can read more work by Sarah-Louise and the rest of her group in their […]

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‘My First Story Experience’ by Henna Ravjibhai

This year has been a special one for First Story: it’s our ten year anniversary, we’ve just celebrated our second National Writing Day, and now we’ve been shortlisted for the National Lottery Awards!  That’s why, in this week’s Friday Story, we’re sharing a piece with you that captures the exciting and powerful journey First Story students take to find […]

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‘Missing Home’ by Heidi Carrillo

Today’s Friday Story features ‘Missing Home’ by Heidi Carillo, a student at St Gabriel’s College in London. This piece is filled with longing, for home, for the tastes and smells remembered from childhood. Though the reader may not share Heidi’s memories, her vivid descriptions recall shared sensations and encourage us to reflect on our own […]

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‘My Granddad Knows’ by Raasmiya Makda

Earlier this year, the First Story group at Judgemeadow Community College, led by writer-in-residence Dan Powell, wrote, in one of their workshops, poems inspired by the style of Malika Booker’s ‘My Mother’s Blues.‘ Student Raasmiya Makda wrote this piece, filled with empathy and touching detail. To read more writing by Raasmiya and the rest of […]

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‘Words I Can Write With a Knife’ by Sameer Shazad

Today’s Friday Story features Sameer Shazad’s piece ‘Words I Can Write With a Knife,’ which explores the shape of letters and the process of writing. The result is a playful, abstract piece which invites the reader to search for meaning. Sameer was a member of the First Story group at Dixons City Academy in Bradford, […]

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The BBC Student Critics’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University


    The BBC Student Critics’ Award is now open for applications! Through the Student Critics’ Award selected 16–18 year olds around the UK will read, listen to, discuss and critique the five stories shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and have their say. They will have access to discussion guides and teaching […]

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