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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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‘Ash the Super Duck’ by Riley Milstead

Start your warm weekend with a trip to the duck pond – this week’s Friday Story features quirky and mysterious flash fiction piece ‘Ash the Super Duck’ by Riley Milstead. Riley is a member of the Friday Story group at Bridge Learning Campus, led by Caleb Parkin. You can read more writing by Riley and […]

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