City of Stories


Celebrating London's writers, readers and libraries

City of Stories is project run by Spread the Word and the Association of London Chief Librarians. Taking place in 21 London boroughs, it aims to engage London's diverse communities, encouraging participants to tell their own stories.

It offers Londoners the chance to:

  • Read and engage with new work by City of Stories writers-in-residence
  • Take part in free creative writing workshops across London
  • Enter the City of Stories 500-word story competition
  • Attend celebratory reading events in libraries

In 2017, 430 writers participated in 40 free writing workshops across London. The short story writing competition received 227 submissions, resulting in 20 competition winners, two of whom went on to be selected for Spread the Word’s PLATFORM scheme for emerging talented writers.


City of Stories writer-facilitators: Bidisha, Rachel Long, Gary Budden, Tom Mallender, Olumide Popoola, Meena Kandasamy, Lewis Buxton and Jarred McGinnis.

In 2018 workshops will be taking place in: Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Kingston, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster.

To take part and book your space at a workshop taking place near you, visit: bit.ly/LondonCityofStories

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