City of Stories Home

Celebrating London’s libraries as places to make and share stories.

Taking place across London between February – June 2022, City of Stories Home is a creative reading and writing programme in the heart of local communities. It will find aspiring local writers and introduce new stories from diverse writers to audiences in library reading groups and at events.

Throughout February 2022 there are 33 free online creative writing workshops open for booking for writers aged 18+. Londoners who attend a free workshop can enter the City of Stories Home short story writing competition.

London writers Amer Anwar, Natasha Brown, Jarred McGinnis, Caleb Azumah Nelson, Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, Ruth Goldsmith, Iqbal Hussain and S. Niroshini have written stories on the theme of home to inspire Londoners to get creative and write their own story.  You can read them here.


Illustrations by Tasia Graham 

Lead writers

Caleb Azumah Nelson

Amer Anwar

Jarred McGinnis

Natasha Brown

Emerging writers

Iqbal Hussain

Ruth Goldsmith

Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

S. Niroshini


Arun Das

Charlotte Heather

Amita Murray

Chris Simpson

Helen Bowell

Maame Blue

Lorraine Brown

Shagufta K Iqbal

Tice Cin

Annie Hayter

Jemilea Wisdom-Baako

Carinya Sharples