National Writing Day | 27th June 2018
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Wishlist

Our wishlist consists of items which would really help us deliver the First Story programme in areas of need. It includes: Exercise books Digital camera Writing paper Pens Notebooks Calculator Laptops If you can help with any of the above, we’d love to hear from you! Just drop us a line: info@firststory.org.uk. Thank you!

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Volunteer for First Story

Thank you for taking an interest in volunteering for First Story. We rely on the help of people with a wide range of skills to support the work that we do, either from home or in our London office. Some of the ways you can help us include: Proof reading (January-July) Copy editing (January-July) Designers (January-July) […]

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Stories to make you laugh or cry

Wednesday 29 February, The Tabernacle, London Premier debating forum Intelligence² is staging a fundraising evening in aid of First Story. The event will see poets, novelists and an actor take to the stage, each with fifteen minutes to make you laugh or cry or both. Join us to hear stories from William Fiennes, Salena Godden, […]

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Journeys by Oxford Spires Academy

This anthology was written by a small group of students at Oxford Spires Academy who met every week for workshops sponsored by the charity First Story. To look at, they were an ordinary group of East Oxford teenagers, and they went through ordinary problems: members joining and leaving the group, work losing itself in the […]

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Yes You Can by Ellis Guilford School

The students whose work is in this anthology have walked across fields. They’ve stepped over walls. They’ve confronted difficult things in the process, including their own tendency to say ‘I can’t!’ In the end, they chose the title ‘YES YOU CAN’ to refer in part to their individual and collective difficulties in coming to writing. […]

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Writing Back by Queens Park Community School

Without doubt, the anthology is a tribute to the immense creativity of this year’s writing group. Comments by the participating students showed a deep-felt desire for creativity and words. One wrote: ‘Writers’ Workshop has developed my writing skills, made me more confident in my style and in wanting and aspiring to be an author when […]

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Undiscovered Voices by Nottingham University Samworth Academy

My final word is that the works between these covers are theirs, the 2011/12 NUSA First Story writers; their fruits, their produce. And I am immensely proud to be associated with what they have created. Graham Lester George, First Story writer-in-residence at Nottingham University Samworth Academy. The Man of Experience Haazim Fawzy Oh man of […]

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Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday by Quintin Kynaston

Not all of our group will go on to be writers, but all of them can write. Not all of them will write, but they all have stories to tell. Not all will tell stories, but that’s only because others will tell stories about them. Irfan Master, First Story writer-in-residence at Quintin Kynaston School Yesterday […]

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Standing Ovation by Highbury Grove School

We produced stories, poems, dialogues, letters, news items and maps, and by the end of the year I had the feeling that I’d only barely scratched the surface of their capabilities. So I chose the title story of this anthology, Standing Ovation, with them very much in mind. It reflects the enormous sense of pride […]

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