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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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‘Brautu’ by Shakira Irfan

Brautu is a man in his mid-twenties. He is a tattoo artist and plays the parts of giver and receiver. He is white skin with embellished tapestry on every visible space.

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‘Home’ by Madeeha Mohammed

A home cannot be defined as a house. A home includes: A loving family, Freedom to everything, Countless warm hugs,

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‘The Book and the Hard Drive’ by Bilal Mahmood, Fatima Ahmed and Inez Bright

The First Story students of Wembley High Technology College recently participated in a workshop put together by Index on Censorship, an international organisation that defends the right to freedom of expression. The students were asked to bring objects along to the workshop and, writing together in small groups, they used these objects to explore issues surrounding […]

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The Stories on the Trams

First Story is delighted to have partnered with Nottingham’s Tram Network on an exciting new project, The Stories on the Trams. This project will see First Story pupils write short pieces that explore sense of place and ‘Nottinghamness’. The students’ writing will then be judged by the city’s tram customers – an innovative and fun […]

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‘Man on the Moon’ by Karolina Ludera

The man on the moon has an Einstein hairstyle. He set the trend of course, but he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves…

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Become a Cheltenham Festivals Writer-in-Residence

Cheltenham Festivals is a charitable organisation that champions up-and-coming talent, celebrates established artists and commissions unique performances. As a part of their inspirational educational programme, Cheltenham Festivals has partnered with First Story. Together, we are running writing residencies in local secondary schools serving low-income communities, helping students in the area experience the pleasure of creative […]

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