Spring Hill Stories
Local Residents Create New Stories For Spring Hill Library
Three generations of Ladywood residents recently created their own stories for a new project at Spring Hill Library in collaboration with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. And over the summer the stories were brought to life amongst the shelves and books of the library.
Since November last year pensioners, pupils from Brookfields Primary School and mums and toddlers from across Ladywood, worked with award-winning storyteller Peter Chand to tell their own stories.
Together they wrote 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 were inspired by the striking Victorian gothic architecture of Spring Hill Library, will eventually be published and be available at both Spring Hill Library and Central 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 was about bringing Ladywood stories to life:
“Springhill 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. The project gave local people who use the library the chance to tell their own stories and become involved in the process of storytelling themselves."