Launch of ‘Real Life Stories’ with Living Memory Project

A new storytelling and publishing project will see the Arts Foundry and Living Memory join forces to use personal photography collections as inspiration.

Real Life Stories is visiting writing groups across the Black Country this autumn to develop work based on everyday photographs. Using images from the Living Memory archive, the hope is to inspire new creative responses.

Run by Living Memory and the Black Country Arts Foundry, anyone with an interest in writing can submit their work. Stories will initially be published on the Living Memory website and at the Black Country Arts Foundry.

We hope to collect new real-life stories inspired by your own photos or images from the extensive Living Memory project archive.

Geoff Broadway, Living Memory project lead, said: “The Living Memory project is all about the stories that people tell around their everyday photographs and how photos fit into their own life story.  We are really excited be working with the Arts Foundry to explore the kinds of stories that can be written using photos as a starting point.

  • Real Life Stories will gather the best of your tales and present them online and in exhibitions and at events. Submit here.
  • In addition, there are plans for an anthology of writing, and works may also feature in a Living Memory film!
  • Got a question? Email us!