National Writing Day | 27th June 2018
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Held at Ransom by Nottingham Academy Ransom Road

This is the second time I have worked as First Story Writer-in-Residence at the Nottingham Academy Ransom Road site. So good we did it twice. This year was another amazing journey. My thanks again to our teacher, Mrs Tanya Russell, for her dedication and skill. In a year when we lost our friend, Head of […]

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Eureka by Nottingham Acadamy Greenwood Road

The title of the book comes from the moments we all experienced during our sessions; when an idea emerged unexpectedly, like the sun on a cloudy day, and the words began to flow. Clare Brown, First Story writer-in-residence at Nottingham Academy Greenwood Road. FORK! By Fridah Risper Nzaba Bill: I told you to put my […]

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ETC. by Acland Burghley School

It was hard work and imagination, combined with the sheer good luck of having assembled a group of such lively, talented and supportive individuals. ‘They were willing to take on every challenge I threw at them’. Marie Phillips, First Story writer-in-residence at Acland Burghley School Old… By Eliot Edmonds I remember cutting my arm when […]

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The End of Innocence by George Green’s School

First Story was made for schools like George Green’s and the writers of George Green’s were made to write work like this. This group is stunning. I am so proud. Laura Dockrill, First Story writer-in-residence at George Green’s School. Once Upon A Time We Were Actually Happy By Farzana Miah The lies. The betrayal. The hatred. […]

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Dalek is in the Dictionary by Highgate Wood School

The great thing about First Story, I think, is that it strips writing back to its most basic element: joy. Stringing words together on a page can be an act of joy, of fun, of play. Working with the Highgate Wood First Story group – a hugely talented bunch of writers – I’ve seen again […]

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Chocolate Box by Nottingham Girls’ Academy

How do you teach writers to write? The truth is, you don’t. There’s no formula, manual or step-by-step guide and even if there was, no artist should follow the rules. We all have to find our own way, and crucially, our own individual voice. Ask ‘what do I care about? What makes me angry? What […]

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Writing on Light By Holland Park School

Writing on Light is an anthology of stories and poems by students in the First Story group at Holland Park School, where I’ve been Writer-in-Residence since September 2011. When I say “Writer-in-Residence” I don’t mean that I’ve actually been living there, although the new Reception area, with its glass sides and orchids and low chrome-and-leather […]

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Wrestling Bears by Willowfield School

These are poems about the shock of loss: ‘I have shed more tears than you’ (Safia Hussain.) These are poems about the hypocrisy of adults: ‘They only care when you make mistakes’ (Nirvana Khan.) These are poems about finding strength inside loneliness: ‘His voice bellows through an empty hall’ (Sabrine Elouali.) Most of all, these […]

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