City of Stories – celebrating London’s writers and readers

We are very fortunate to be part of Spread the Word’s City of Stories project that invites Londoners to pick up their pens and create new stories. Spread the Word is London’s writer development agency.

To help these stories to be written, over 40 free writing workshops took place in libraries across the capital earlier this month. All were welcome to attend – whether they’d written stories already or were just starting out – and hundreds of people have got involved.

Nick Field

Writer and performer, Nick Field held two fully booked flash fiction writing workshops at Hammersmith Library. The sessions were very interactive, involving periods of writing along with lively discussions about what makes a good story.

Nick in action

All those who attended  have the opportunity to enter a competition run by Spread the Word. If their story wins, it will be published in the City of Stories booklet.

Another part of the City of Stories project, four London boroughs have their own writers-in-residence: Courttia Newland, Alex Wheatle, Bidisha and Irenosen Okojie. They were commissioned to write a short story inspired by their residency.

The stories have been made into beautiful films 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. Take a look –

David, Hammersmith Library

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