First Story

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This article is about the charity. For the album by Sayuri Sugawara, see First Story (album).

First Story is a literacy charity. It was founded in 2007 by Katie Waldegrave and the writer William Fiennes[1] to improve literacy and foster creativity[2] in young people through creative writing. The organisation works with state secondary schools serving low-income communities.[3]


First Story supports and inspires creativity, literacy and confidence in UK secondary schools and their communities. They arrange and pay for acclaimed authors to run weekly creative-writing workshops for groups of up to twenty-one students attending ‘challenging’ secondary schools across the country. At the end of the year-long programme, First Story publishes a professional anthology of the students' work, and each school hosts a book launch event where the students read their work aloud to family, friends and teachers.


Executive team[edit]

  • Executive Director: Katie Waldegrave
  • Founding Director: William Fiennes
  • National Director: Mónica Parle

Board of trustees[edit]

  • Ed Baden-Powell – Partner, Michael Simkins LLP
  • Beth Colocci – Curator
  • Sophie Dalling – Head of English, George Green’s School
  • Charlotte Hogg – Chief Operating Officer, Bank of England
  • Sue Horner – Educational Consultant
  • Rob Ind – Head of English, Cranford Community College
  • Andrea Minton Beddoes (Chair) – Consultant
  • Mayowa Sofekun – Student
  • David Stephens
  • Betsy Tobin – Writer

Advisory board[edit]

First Story in the press[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Dodson, Sean, "826 Valencia: children's literacy inspired by pirates", The Guardian 21/08/08 from website 04/08/09.
  2. ^ Humphreys, John, "Storytelling at school", BBC Radio 4 Today, 25/09/08, from website 04/08/09.
  3. ^ "About Us | First Story". Retrieved 2016-04-21.