First Story alumni can apply until the 31 July 2020 to take part in the 20/21 Rathbones Folio Mentorships programme, for a chance to work for a year with an acclaimed pro author. Two of this year’s mentees, Mariamah Davey and Nidaa Raoof, share their reasons to get involved.
In the week leading up to this year’s National Writing Day on 24 June, we invited two former First Story students from West Yorkshire, Henna Ravjibhai (17) and Sophie Crabtree (19), to take over our Instagram account — as a platform to share their experiences as young writers, and hopefully inspire other young people to practice writing creatively too.
Henna Ravjibhai talks First Story, working with Joe Dunthorne, and writing on the bus to college.
In December 2019, First Story alumna Chloe Holland was invited to BBC Broadcasting House in London for an interview with Katie Thistleton on Radio 1’s Life Hacks show – and she smashed it! Listen to her podcast here.
In its third year, the Rathbones Folio Mentorships programme is an invaluable opportunity for four talented First Story graduates to be paired with four accomplished writers from the Folio Academy.
It’s the biggest poetry competition in the world for 11-17 year olds and former First Story students are among the 2019 commended poets.
The UK’s biggest poetry and performance festival attracts world-class writers and performers to Hull, to appear alongside home grown talent – including First Story students and Writers-in-Residence.
First Story programme graduate, Imaru Lewis’s speech to current students at the Young Writers’ Festival 2018.
We’re looking for First Story graduates to shape what we do.
Take your writing to the next level by applying to our exclusive Mentorship scheme in partnership with the Folio Prize Foundation and Rathbones.