Read the City of Stories Home Anthology


City of Stories Home celebrates libraries as places to make and share stories, engaging writers and readers from across the capital and the importance of libraries as places of community and connection. This powerful collection of diverse stories on the theme of home is the culmination of that work, representing a snapshot of the great writing that the project inspired.

The anthology brings you those winning and highly commended stories, alongside new writing by our commissioned writers Natasha Brown, Caleb Azumah Nelson, Amer Anwar and Jarred McGinnis and our emerging writers Iqbal Hussain, S. Niroshini, Ruth Goldmsith and Lizzie Damilola Blackburn.

The anthology takes you on a journey across London – starting in the North, moving through Central and the East then South and finishing in West London. The stories reveal a multiplicity of voices and responses to the theme of home – as vibrant, complex and energetic as London is itself.

The Anthology features stories by competition winners, and the City of Stories Home commissioned writers, each representing their home London borough. All stories are © the authors.

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Download the Anthology here (PDF). 

The City of Stories Home Authors:

Barnet: Ruthie Raphael and Shereen Pandit

Enfield: Pamela Kandekore and Lisa Hardy

Haringey: Aisha Phoenix and Terri-Ceres de Roche-Puckerin

Camden: Emily Gaywood-James and Tina Sang

City of London: Sue Zhao and Verity Greaves

Kensington and Chelsea: Alison Catchpole and Stan Moorcroft

Islington: Hazel Beevers and Ashley Pegg

Lambeth: Tracey Hammett, Khadija Badri and Caleb Azumah Nelson

Southwark: Emma Robertson, Jennifer McGowan and Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Westminster: Loretta Ramkissoon

Barking and Dagenham: Shahema Tafader Donna Thomson

Bexley: Toyah Demi Panton and Robert Butler

Greenwich: S M Smith and Maureen Stapleton

Hackney: Erin Niimi Longhurst, Noah Birksted-Breen and  Jarred McGinnis

Havering: Shupaula Mistry and  Amanda Wynne

Lewisham: Ruth Bradshaw and Harriet Acland

Newham:  Mx Jay A Gee and Marjorie Browne

Redbridge: Anneliese Amoah and Jenny Gibson

Tower Hamlets: Rosaleen Lynch, Tom O’Brien and Natasha Brown

Waltham Forest: Sam Burt, Christina Carè, Iqbal Hussain, Ruth Goldsmith

Bromley: Alice Tarleton and Elaine Wedlock

Croydon: Elizabeth Uter and Sayyara Nurmahomed

Kingston upon Thames: Chris Williams and Heather Mathew

Merton: Lui Sit and Steven Moe

Sutton: Miranda Lewis and Becky Bone

Wandsworth: Rizwan Piracha and Helena Michalacopoulos

Brent: Kate Elliott and Amer Anwar

Ealing: Rebecca Dyer and Sofia A Koutlaki

Hammersmith and Fulham: Sandra Anlin and Susan Lord

Harrow: Joan Pollack

Richmond upon Thames: Roly Grant and Ana Santi

Hillingdon: Rekha Wadhwani and David O’Sullivan

Hounslow: Megan McIntyre and Joanna Samuels


Published 4 July 2022