Three Generations of Ladywood Residents Create Stories For Local Library
Three generations of Ladywood residents are sharing and creating their own stories for a new project at Spring Hill library in collaboration with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. And on Saturday, May 26th, the stories are being brought to life amongst the shelves of books of the library.
Since November last year pensioners, pupils from Brookfields Primary School and mums and toddlers from across Ladywood, have been working with award-winning storyteller Peter Chand to tell their own stories.
Together they have written over twenty-five stories, ranging from childhood memories of arriving in Birmingham from Jamaica in the 1950s to imaginative tales of beasts and monsters. Some of the stories, which have also been inspired by the striking Victorian gothic architecture of Spring Hill Library, will eventually be published and will be up joining the works of writers such as Dickens and J K Rowling on the shelves of the library.
The project is part of Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Neighbourhood REP scheme which aims to bring theatre to six community libraries across Birmingham over the forthcoming year and has been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
For Steve Ball, Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Spring Hill Stories is about bringing Ladywood stories to life:
“Spring Hill Library has been lending books to its local residents for over a century and it has a wonderful history and inspirational surroundings. But there’s never been a story that begins in the library itself – until now. It gives local people who use the library the chance to tell their own stories and become involved in the process of storytelling themselves.”
The event on Saturday 26 May will enable other library users and visitors the opportunity to discover the stories themselves via an imaginative journey around the library with the help of actress Janice McKenzie and Brookfield Primary School pupils. There will be interactive installations to discover and opportunities for visitors to create their own stories too. The event takes place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on May 26th and tickets which cost £3 (£2 concessions) are available from The REP’s box office on 0121 236 4455 or online