First Story Festival

Excellent event last Friday: the First Story festival in Oxford – over 650 students from schools in Nottingham, Oxford and London spent the day at Lady Margaret’s Hall in Oxford, engaged in workshops with writers working for First Story. I did a ‘poetry circus’ workshop event for 60,with Kate Clanchy, Alan Buckley and Mahendra Solanki, and in the afternoon a solo workshop with a group from Nottingham. Guest speakers: Philip Pullman, John O’Farrell and Mark Haddon. Particularly noteworthy: the final event, following Philip Pullman’s talk, when a group of students were invited to read aloud what they’d written that day – stunning.

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