Recent News and events

‘The Right to Write!’ by The City of Leicester College First Story Group

As writers, we have the right… To make as many mistakes as we want and write messy, scribbling over the page…

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‘If You Say There Is No Love’ by Harpreet Thind

If you say there is no love, why can I feel love in your heart?

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First Story on Podcast!

First Story features on the Arts Emergency Podcast

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‘Mid Air’ by Jolina Bradley

The adagio was soft pecks on cheeks, sad ointment, A tender brush of keys, semi-staccato,

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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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