Recent News and events

National Writing Day 2017

We’re delighted to announce that our new taster website for National Writing Day is now live! Join us and partner arts and literacy organisations across the UK in this campaign to get everyone, everywhere writing.

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Friday Story, Argtim Abisi

They sit together on a sofa. One they’d found outside earlier. Their hands and feet are still and resting.

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First Story in the Cranford Annual Review

There was a moment, during our second session, when a shift in the atmosphere occurred. The group had finished writing their second poem of the session and were taking it in turns to read them out. Raniya, who had not wanted to read out her first poem, acquiesced to the gentle persuasion of the others,and […]

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First Story Residential Anthology 2016

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The First Story Residential Anthology 2016 has arrived! And it’s crammed full of the thoughts and voices of forty-seven students inspired by five glorious days of writing. For each student, the Residential was a once in a life-time opportunity to forge friendships with their peers and be taught by acclaimed writers Jasmine Cooray, Andy Craven-Griffiths, Anjum Malik, Tim […]

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The Fair Education Alliance

For the young people taking part in the programme, from low-income communities around the country, this is the start of their First Story journey. Jaws drop and eyes widen as these participants, led by their teachers, make their way in to marquee that serves as the festival hub. Everyone is brimming with energy and knows […]

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National Poetry Day

Happy National Poetry Day!

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‘My Pillars’ by Sydney Turner

You are grey because you’re calming and you border light and dark. You are Pluto because you’re small yet people care about you.

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National Writing Competition – Enter Now!

We’re inviting students and teachers from all secondary state schools across the UK to submit 850 words or less of poetry or prose on the theme of ‘Footprints’. You could win a place on a creative writing residential course with Arvon and be published in the winners’ anthology! Multi-award-winning authors Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident […]

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‘Home’ by Jesse April

Home is where the heart is As most would say Even though sometimes that Can be far away My home is South Africa Quite some miles away My Ouma en familie Ek dink hulle is bly

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The Young Writers’ Festival Headliners!

We are hugely excited to announce that award winning writers Naomi Alderman, Laura Dockrill, Anthony McGowan and Dave Rudden will be joining First Story at this year’s Young Writers’ Festival, on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

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