City of Stories Home

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

City of Stories Home is a creative reading and writing programme in the heart of local communities in London. It discovered aspiring local writers and introduced new stories from diverse writers to audiences in library reading groups and at events.

In February 2022, there were 33 free online creative writing workshops for writers aged 18+ run by experienced creative writing facilitators. Londoners who attended a free workshop were encouraged to enter the City of Stories Home short story writing competition.

The City of Stories Home Anthology was published in June 2022, featuring over 70 London writers, including 63 competition winners and 8 commissioned writers. The Anthologies were launched at 33 special free celebration events across London’s libraries throughout June.

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