St Ann’s stories – one year on

It’s been a year since we published St Ann’s Stories – a newspaper created by and for local people – and if you missed it first time around, it’s still available to read absolutely free online!

We worked with local Creative Engagement Curator Bo Olawoye and the well-known Nottingham writer, storyteller and performance poet Panya Banjoko to create St Ann’s Stories, along with local community organisations including CRS.

Throughout February 2020, past and current residents of St Ann’s shared their stories and contributed to the newspaper – via email and at creative writing drop-in sessions led by Panya Banjoko at St Ann’s Valley Centre Library and The Afro Caribbean National Artistic Centre (ACNA).

We had a great response from local people and collected all kinds of powerful stories, photographs, articles, letters, poems and memories. Together, these contributions helped to create St Ann’s Stories, a very special newspaper celebrating the strength, diversity and true spirit of this amazing community.

When lockdown struck in March 2020, we decided to serialise St Ann’s Stories on our website, as a way of sharing inspiring stories online, with as many people as possible. Local people also continued to share their stories with us, and we published these on our website too.

Thank you to everyone who helped create St Ann’s Stories!

You can read the newspaper in full here