First Story is a charity that was first established in 2007 to promote and nurture the development of young people’s creative writing. Since its inception, its reach has spread across the country.
First Story is currently working with six schools in Hull and its surrounding areas, providing writers-in-residence that work with the schools to teach creative writing. Hull’s writers-in-residence include Russ Litten at Sirius Academy North, Lee Harrison at St. Mary’s College and Christina Lewis at Hull Trinity House.
I’m working with fellow Hull writer and poet Vicky Foster, alongside Mr S. Little at Malet Lambert School in East Hull. This year, the students expressed an interest in creative non-fiction and writing as a career. I have a strong, unwavering belief that opportunities in the creative industries should be open and accessible to all, so it’s heartening to see them display such an interest. Hull Is This, with its agenda of providing news with a positive purpose, has come along at a great time, as it offers a platform for young people’s voices and provides an alternative to an increasingly tabloid focused media.
What follows are a selection of stories that the young people have worked on and is hopefully the first many submissions from young people in Hull and its surrounding areas.
Joe Hakim, poet and writer.
First Story Young Writers – #Issue01 Malet Lambert School
You Came into My World as Strangers – You Will Leave As Legends
(Minor Spoilers Ahead)
Superhero movies can inspire any child (and even some adults) to become superheroes, or at the very least feel like one. One of the reasons for these films’ massive popularity and appeal is that they manage to combine comedy, thriller and drama into one super-genre.
Marvel Studios always manage to make us excited, and when the new trailer for Avengers: Endgame was released, I imagine that more than a few people put on their Spider-Man and Iron Man suits and then ran around their homes screaming: ‘Avengers Assemble!’. However, it’s likely that Endgame will be one of the last films to feature this particular line-up of heroes, and we may have to say ‘Sayonara!’ to some of our favourite characters as there’s a chance some of them won’t be getting any more solo movies. Still, we may still be getting more from fan-favourites such as Spider-Man, or even our beloved villain Loki.
Also, we’re getting some new characters introduced, so a big drum-roll please for CAPTAIN MARVEL! She is due to hit cinemas in the USA on March 6th 2019 (UK screens March 8th). Currently, this one of the most hotly anticipated movies, and I cannot wait for her to hit our screens.
Back on the topic of Endgame, I’m sure we were all very sad to see our favourites disappear, but at least we know that Tom Holland will return for the new Spider-Man film, subtitled ‘Far From Home’, so we won’t have to keep replaying that tragic scene where he wraps his arms around his only father-figure and cries (SPOILER ALERT!) ‘I don’t wanna go, I don’t wanna go!’, just before whispering ‘I’m sorry,’ to Tony Stark and crumbling into dust. It brings me to tears every time I think of it.
Many of us don’t want to see our MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) favourites go, but maybe we finally need to let go, let Tony Stark and Pepper Potts get married so they can finally settle down. Providing, of course, Tony Stark survives…
By Rachael Livingstone
Edited by Ciara Arnold
Online Vs. Multiplayer Games
Due to recent multiplayer games such as Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Redemption Online, some may believe that online games just aren’t as good anymore, and sometimes I have to agree with them.
With the threat of micro-transactions being ever-present in the online community, sometimes it’s easy to believe that you are either trapped in an endless loop of boring, stressful repetitive actions, or forced to spend your hard-earned money on shortcuts to experience the freedom and luxury of just being able to enjoy a game. This practice is making game developers and publishers a lot of money, but in the long-term is ruining the experience for players and destroying the fanbase. See Electronic Arts’ recent Star Wars: Battlefront 2 ‘pay-to-win’ debacle as an example of this.
Another thing ruining the online gaming experience are the players themselves. On many occasions in games, you can be minding your own business, trying to earn some in-game currency (so you don’t have to part with your own money) only to be fragged by a cold-hearted killer with a rocket shooting motorbike or helicopter. And they will continue to attack you until they get bored, you rage-quit, or they gain a sense of morality by some miracle.
This experience completely infuriates some players (including me) but this is what the online gaming world is coming to.
Going back to Grand Theft Auto, the in-game currency system is another example of this. After the initial release not much ‘real’ money was needed for anything, and there wasn’t much to spend your in-game money on either. Now, nearly everything in the game is £1 million dollars or more of in-game money. There are ways to earn that money faster, but the problem is that in order to make money, you need to have money in the first place. This can potentially take hundreds of in-game hours if you haven’t managed to snag a money-making building. If you don’t want to waste hundreds of hours in a virtual world, doing the same monotonous tasks over and over again, you are encouraged to spend your own ‘real’ money to get ahead of everyone else.
Similar micro-transactions have recently made their way into Red Dead Redemption’s world. And the problem with the ‘gold’ purchases is that you don’t have to level up your character, removing almost any sense of progression from the game.
For some players, these factors indicate that the mainstream popularity of online gaming is coming to an end, but I will continue to play some games in the hope of a better, cheaper and more reasonable future in video-games.
By Liam Galloway
Nottingham Lions Walk the Plank for the Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates
Sunday 20th of January was a huge win for the Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates, with a whopping 14-2 score against the Nottingham Lions.
At the start of the match, the Lions kept their ground and defended well, but the Hull Pirates managed to score their first goal. Two goals were scored within the first few minutes, followed by another seconds later, all courtesy of the Pirates.
Within the first third of the game, Ben Wilson, number 88 for the Nottingham Lions, stormed off the rink after being put in the penalty box for two minutes. The reason for his tantrum was some verbal abuse from fans, aggravating the players in general.
Currently, the Hull Pirates are in third place in the league, one point behind the Sheffield Steeldogs, and the Steeldogs are one point behind the Telford Tigers, who are in first place.
The next match will be Hull Pirates Vs. Sheffield Steeldogs. The match was due to take place on January 26th but was sadly cancelled due to issues with the ice in Hull Arena.
Tight Win for the Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates
On February 2nd 2019, the Hull Pirates were victorious against the Sheffield Steeldogs, with a narrow 4-3 win.
The first goal was scored within the first four minutes, with Lee Bonner scoring the second shortly after. By the second period of the game, the Pirates were 3-0 up, but seventeen minutes into the second period, the Steeldogs got their first goal.
In the last period, the Steeldogs started playing rougher, and got 2 more points to tie it at 3 goals apiece. Towards the end of the match, the Pirates pulled their socks up and scored their winning fourth point with only a few seconds to go.
Since this is a league match, this is only the first leg. The Pirates will be travelling to Sheffield to play the second leg. The outcome of this match will determine if the Pirates will be going to second place or not.
If the Pirates win, they will secure a place in the final.
By Jack Kirby
[With thanks to Joe Hakim, First Story, and the students and staff of Malet Lambert School]