City of Stories
20 free writing & reading celebration
events in November


City of Stories celebrates London’s writers, readers and libraries. After 40 highly successful free workshops were attended by 450 people in June 2017, libraries across London are once again flinging open their doors to aspiring writers for writing workshops and reading events.

At the City of Stories, you are invited to take part in writing activities. Afterwards, you are welcome to read from your work or listen to fellow local writers read. If you would like to read your creative writing, bring along up to 1 A4 side of writing with you and sign up to read at the event. Hear from writers whose stories are in the City of Stories anthology.

By coming along, you can pick up a free copy of the City of Stories book; a celebration of London writing, featuring over 60 London writers whose 500 word winning or highly commended stories from the City of Stories competition.

If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please contact Spread the Word in advance who can coordinate this for you on 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note the City of Stories is for adults.

North London 

Brent with Bidisha
Wednesday 15 November, 6 – 7.30pm
The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Street, Willesden London NW10 2SF
Book Now



Camden with Anita Belli
Thursday 16 November 6.30 – 8.00pm
Holborn Library, 32 – 38 Theobolds Road

Book Now



Islington with Tom Mallender
Wednesday 15 November, 6 – 8pm
Islington Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, N5 1PF
Book Now 



East London

Barking and Dagenham with Lewis Buxton
Tuesday 14 November 7 – 8.30pm
Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking, IG11 7NB

Book Now



Hackney with Tom Mallender
Tuesday 7 November 6.30 – 8.00pm
Stoke Newington Library, 184 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0JS
Book in person at Stoke Newington Library 



Redbridge with Jasmine Ann Cooray
Tuesday 14 November, 6.30 – 8.00pm
Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1EA
Book Now



Tower Hamlets with Courttia Newland at WriteIdea Festival
Saturday 18 November 2.30 – 4.00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU
Book Now (via WriteIdea)








Newham with Tom Mallender

Thursday 2 November 6 – 7.30pm
Canning Town Library, Unit B, Rathbone Market,
Barking Road, E16 1EH

Book Now

Waltham Forest with Lewis Buxton
Saturday 11 November, 11am – 12.30pm
Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JN

Book Now


South London  

Bexley with Laila Sumpton
Thursday 16 November, 2.30 – 4.00pm
Central Library, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7HJ

Book Now



Croydon with Miriam Nash
Saturday 18 November, 2 – 4pm
Croydon Central Library, Katharine St, Croydon, CR9 1ET

Book Now



Greenwich with Anita Belli
Sunday 12 November 1 – 3pm
Woolwich Library, 35 Wellington Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6HQ
Book Now



Wandsworth with Lewis Buxton 
Thursday 16 November, 7 – 8.30pm
Balham Library

Book Now 



Kingston with Miriam Nash 
Wednesday 15 November 11am – 12.30pm
Kingston Library, Fairfield Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT1 2PS
Book Now 



Lewisham with Irenosen Okojie
Saturday 18 November 2 – 4pm
Forest Hill Community Library, 82 Dartmouth Road, London, SE23 3HZ

Book Now


Merton with Nick Field
Thursday 9 November, 7.30 – 9.00pm
Merton Arts Space @ Wimbledon Library, 35 Wimbledon Hill Road, London, SW19 7NB

Book Now 


West London 

Ealing with Laila Sumpton
Saturday 11 November, 2 – 3.30pm
Northolt library, Church Road, Northolt, UB5 5AS

To book please contact Shanthi Ahilathirunayagam 0203 700 1065 or visit the Ealing Libraries website:


Hammersmith and Fulham with Nick Field
Thursday 16 November, 6 – 7.30pm
Hammersmith Library, Shepherds Bush Road, London, W6 7AT
Book Now



Kensington and Chelsea with Jasmine Ann Cooray 
Kensington Central Library, 12 Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX
Monday 6 November 6 – 7.45pm

Book Now 



Westminster with Miriam Nash 
Victoria Library, 160 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9UD
Monday 6 November, 6 – 8pm
Book Now 



City of Stories is a partnership project between Spread the Word and the Association of London Chief Librarians. It is funded by Arts Council England. On Monday 9 October, Spread the Word will announce the results of the City of Stories of competition on our website and social media channels. The City of Stories competition was open in June – July 2017 to participants of City of Stories workshops. For each of the twenty City of Stories borough, the judges chose a winner and up to three highly commended pieces. The winners and highly commended writers will be published in the City of Stories anthology, which will be available for free (subject to availability) to November City of Stories participants and available to buy from the Spread the Word website from 1 November 2017.



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