Posted: Thursday 4th July 2019
Be part of the story as it unfolds…
Do you have a story to tell about an experience you had as a teenager or young adult trying to make your way in the world?
We are looking for stories about the journey from adolescence to adulthood for an intergenerational arts project funded by Arts Council England and Hertfordshire County Council.
Your story could be interesting, scary, happy, sad, light-hearted, romantic, emotional, thought-provoking or funny, but it should ultimately be encouraging or inspiring to young people. Stories can be about anything from relationships, work, education, hobbies and friendships, to finding a new home, setting up a business, dealing with a health problem, or going travelling.
It can be a short anecdote of a few sentences or a short story of up to 1000 words. It can be poetic or musical, a video or a sound recording. If you’re not great at writing – don’t worry; it’s the story that is most important, not how it’s presented.
From August, two small workshop groups based in Hertford and Oxhey will use the stories as inspiration for new works of art or performances to be showcased in Hertfordshire Libraries in the autumn.
How to submit a story
You can give your story to a member of staff in your local library (please mark the envelope My Story), or send it by post or email to:
Post: My Story, Libraries and Heritage Services, Central Stocks Unit, Bessemer Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1HT
You can submit your story anonymously if you wish but we’d be grateful if you can tell us your first name, age and the town where you live.
If you have any questions or need help submitting your story please contact us at the addresses above or call us on 01438 845 965.
Places are still available to take part in the intergenerational creative sessions and we will continue accept expressions of interest until Friday 9th August.
Interested in joining a workshop?
Are you a budding artist, designer, curator or producer who would love the opportunity to work with professional artists to design, develop and deliver a public event? If you are interested in taking part in our workshops, please email us with your name, age and contact telephone number and one of the team will get back to you for a chat.
More information is available at bit.ly/MyStoryHerts
Other information and guidelines
- Your story should be true or be based on the truth and could be that of a third party
- You can give your name, use an alias or stay anonymous
- All stories will be published on the community archive website hertsmemories.org.uk, and your story could be selected for use in workshops and represented in other art forms. It may also be used in subsequent My Story productions.
- We reserve the right to edit or not to publish anything which could be offensive, inflammatory, discriminatory, libellous, identify someone without their consent, breach a copyright or potentially break any law.