Brighton stories sought for QueenSpark 50th anniversary

12th Jul
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QueenSpark Books will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2022.  To mark the anniversary they are looking for tales, anecdotes and reminiscences from Brighton residents.

They will be publishing a landmark book comprising 50 Stories. Since forming in 1972 as a grassroots campaign against a planned casino at the Royal Spa in Queen’s Park,  over 110 books documenting the ‘People’s History’ of the city have been published. These have covered life in the World Wars, clubbing and performance art; working life to days on the beach; memories of childhood poverty and accounts of newly-arrived migrants. The first-hand stories in their archive are a unique record of what makes Brighton what it is today.

They are looking for tales, anecdotes and reminiscences from Brighton residents, on the following themes:-

1) Places
‘Clubs, Squares, buildings, seafront, shops – which place is/was significant to you, and why?’

2) Work?
‘Cab driver, bar staff, cleaner, teacher…tell us about your working life’

3) ‘What makes Brighton ‘Brighton’?
The characters, the atmosphere, the geography – what does it mean to you?’

QueenSpark, the UK’s longest-running community publisher, has been documenting and archiving the lives of local people since 1972. The charity’s Development Director, John Riches, said: ‘We’re very proud that, for nearly 50 years, we’ve been telling the stories of the people of Brighton and Hove – and we’re really excited to find out what new stories are out there.’

Please send your text or audio to 50Stories@queensparkbooks.org.uk by 31st July 2021.

Please note:

Stories can be short and anecdotal, but should be no more than four sides of A4, or up to three minutes of speech.

They do not have to be ‘well-written’ or perfectly told – if selected, they will be edited for publication.

By submitting your story, you give permission for QueenSpark to publish it in print, and online.

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