City of Stories: open mic events


City of Stories engages writers and readers across London. This November, we’re returning to 21 London libraries to host a series of performances and open mic events.

Living in one of the most diverse and creative cities in the world, City of Stories celebrates libraries as the place where London’s writers and readers can discover and create stories. Since its launch in 2017, over 1,400 people have taken part in City of Stories, creating their own stories and reading and attending events. After a phenomenal response this summer, with over 500 writers participating in 42 free writing workshops across London, we are very excited to announce that the City of Stories is returning this November with a series of open mic events.

At these events, taking place in 21 libraries across the city, Spread the Word and London Libraries are inviting writers and readers alike to come and listen to stories created at the workshops this summer, and share their own. These free events will be facilitated by a brilliant team of writers, including two of this year’s writers-in-residence: Olumide Popoola and Gary Budden, one of the writers-in-residence from 2017 Bidisha and the City of Stories writer-facilitators Lainy Malkani, Tom Mallender, Lewis Buxton, Rachel Long, Anita Belli and Jarred McGinnis.

You’ll also have the opportunity to pick up a free copy of the 2018 City of Stories anthology, featuring over 60 brand new stories ranging from the 2018 writers-in-residence Meena Kandasamy, Gary Budden, Olumide Popoola and Leone Ross to the City of Stories competition winners.


Barking and Dagenham
Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking, IG11 7NB
Thursday 15 November, 6:00-7:30pm
Facilitator: Anita Belli

Central Library, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7HJ
Thursday 15 November, 2:30-4:00pm
Facilitator: Bidisha


The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF
Tuesday 20 November, 6:30-8:00pm
Facilitator: Jarred McGinnis

Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8PA
Tuesday 27 November, 4:30-6:00pm
Facilitator: Lewis Buxton

City of London
Barbican Library, Barbican Centre Level 2, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Saturday 24 November, 2:00-3:30pm
Facilitator: Jarred McGinnis

Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET
Saturday 3 November, 2:00-3:30pm
Facilitator: Anita Belli

West Ealing Library, Melbourne Avenue W13 9BT
Thursday 15 November, 5:00-6:30pm
Facilitator: Rachel Long

Woolwich Central Library, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ
Sunday 18 November, 1:30-3:00pm
Facilitator: Tom Mallender

Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square, E8 3BQ
Wednesday 14 November, 6:30-8:00pm
Facilitator: Jarred McGinnis

Hammersmith Library, Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7AT
Thursday 15 November, 6:00-7:30pm
Facilitator: Olumide Popoola

Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, Highbury East, London, N5 1PF
Thursday 15 November, 6:00-7:30pm
Facilitator: Anita Belli

Kensington and Chelsea
Chelsea Library, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, SW3 5EE
Thursday 22 November, 6:30-7:45pm
Facilitator: Rachel Long

Surbiton Library, Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 6AG
Wednesday 21 November, 10:30am-12:00pm
Facilitator: Tom Mallender

Manor House Library, 34 Old Road, London, SE13 5SY
Saturday 17 November, 4:00-5:30pm
Facilitator: Tom Mallender

Morden Library, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX
Tuesday 20 November, 3:00-4:30pm
Facilitator: Gary Budden

Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, Stratford, E15 1EL
Thursday 15 November, 6:00-7:30pm
Facilitator: Lewis Buxton

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1EA
Tuesday 6 November, 6:30-8:00pm
Facilitator: Bidisha

Tower Hamlets
Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU
Sunday 18 November, 3:30-5:00pm
Facilitator: Bidisha

Waltham Forest
Leytonstone Library Plus, 6 Church Lane Leytonstone London E11 1HG
Saturday 17 November, 3:00-4:30pm
Facilitator: Lainy Malkani

Balham Library, 16 Ramsden Road, Balham, SW12 8QY
Wednesday 7 November, 6:00-7:30pm
Facilitator: Lainy Malkani

Victoria Library, 160 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9UD
Monday 19 November, 6:00-7:30pm
Facilitator: Bidisha

Please note that to book onto the Redbridge Open Mic, you need to go here:

Book your free ticket online and get in touch if you have any queries / access requirements. BSL interpretation is available on request at each event, with advance notice.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Published 6 September 2018