In June 2017 we launched City of Stories, a brand-new ACE-funded partnership between the Association of London Chief Librarians and Spread the Word, to celebrate London’s writers, readers and libraries. We’re so pleased to have had such a phenomenal response so far, with over 40 free workshops across the capital and hundreds of people getting involved.
The four City of Stories writers-in-residence, Courttia Newland, Alex Wheatle, Bidisha and Irenosen Okojie were commissioned to write a short story inspired by their residency. The stories have been made into beautiful films by High Six Media and celebrate different parts of London across different timelines; from the Dickensian era to modern-day, exploring – in intricate detail – the lives of everyday Londoners.
We hope you enjoy watching this showcase:
You can also download and read the City of Stories short stories here:
Thank you to the staff at Kingston Library, The Library at Willesden Green, Idea Store Whitechapel and Forest Hill Library. Thanks also to our writers-in-residence, the BSL interpreters on the day and to High Six Media for bringing these stories to life.