Recent News and events

Students at Hampstead School ‘Feel Most Free’ 

Earlier this year, we launched the second National Writing Day. It was brilliant, we know that at least 84,000 young people participated in the celebration of creative writing. As part of the day, poet and First Story Writer-in-Residence Dean Atta led the UK in our ‘Write Away!’ freewriting exercise, which asked people to respond to […]

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BBC Young Writers’ Award now open for submissions!


BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University now open for submissions. At First Story, we believe that everyone’s voices and stories are important. Now, you have the chance to share your story with the whole of the UK. If you’re a writer aged 14-18, submit your writing to the BBC Young Writers’ […]

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First Story – Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme announced for literacy professionals working in disadvantaged settings

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and the creative writing charity First Story have collaborated to provide two new tuition fee bursaries. The First Story – Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme will enable teachers, librarians or other literary professionals working in deprived and/or disadvantaged settings to enrol on a […]

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Imaru Lewis Speaking at Our Festival

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Below is a recording of Imaru Lewis speaking at our Young Writers’ Festival at Cambridge University. Imaru’s enthusiasm in his journey with First Story made him the ideal person to introduce a new cohort of students to our programme. With humour and conviction, Imaru assured students that they each had stories to tell, and that […]

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‘Feel It’ by Madalena Magalhães

At the end of July, a select number of First Story students attended a week-long residential at one of Arvon’s sites at Lumb Bank, Totleigh Barton and the Hurst. Soon, we’ll be releasing an anthology of writing which the students wrote on this retreat. Ahead of publication, in this week’s Friday Story, we’re sharing a […]

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‘A Pleasure’ by Grace Power

Following the anthology launch at Nottingham Academy, Greenwood Road on 18th July, today’s Friday Story features ‘A Pleasure’, which First Story student Grace Power performed at the launch. The group was led by writer-in residence Jim Hall – watch a video of Jim addressing students at the launch here. You can read more work by […]

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