We’re sharing your St Ann’s stories!
St Ann’s Stories is a very special newspaper created by and for the people of St Ann’s – in partnership with the well-known Nottingham writer, storyteller and performance poet, Panya Banjoko, and local Creative Engagement Curator, Bo Olawoye.
It all started in February, when we reached out to St Ann’s and encouraged past and current residents to contribute to a one-off newspaper celebrating the strength, diversity and true spirit of this amazing community. We had a great response and collected all kinds of powerful stories, photographs, articles, letters, poems and memories all donated by local people – via email and at creative writing drop-in sessions at St Ann’s Valley Centre Library and The Afro Caribbean National Artistic Centre (ACNA) led by Panya Banjoko.
The newspaper was due to be printed and distributed in March, but we’ve put that on hold for now because of the current situation with Coronavirus. Instead, we’re going to share the St Ann’s Stories we’ve collected one by one online – to hopefully bring you a little creativity and positivity over the next few weeks – and then publish the newspaper digitally so as many people as possible can read and enjoy it at home.
Got a St Ann’s story to share?
You can still share your stories and images or anything else about St Ann’s by emailing us and we’ll add them to our website. Anyone of any age is welcome to get involved including children, so why not get creative, celebrate St Ann’s and stay connected to your community online.
We’re very proud to look after St Ann’s Allotments and we’re asking local people to help choose the Best Allotment 2020 as part of a new competition celebrating local gardeners!
Windrush Day 2020 seems a fitting moment to share this powerful instalment from St Ann’s Stories – a very special newspaper created by and for the people of St Ann’s.