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Everyone has a tale to tell

Published Friday, 04 March 2011

Fore Street Library in Edmonton is hosting a celebration on Thursday 10th March as an unusual story project comes to an end.

Over the last ten months established story teller and story collector, Richard Neville, has been working with Enfield Council libraries gathering stories from the people who live nearby to the library.

Some 1500 people living on the estates and in small residential roads, and children from local primary school St John and St James contributed their tales for the project.

From this small area dozens of stories from Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Turkey, Cyprus, Finland, Jamaica, Iran, Somalia, India and China have been collected and recorded by Richard Neville.

Richard said, "It is amazing how many stories there are - everyone has a great story passed on through generations and in this part of Edmonton people have so much to tell."

Sixteen stories have been published in an illustrated book with an accompanying DVD and will be launched at the event.

This project is the result of a successful bid to the Mayor of London's 'Well London' project which is also supported by the Big Lottery.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, cabinet member for leisure & culture, said, "Rich folklore and family tales have brought a small community together - proud of their heritage which is now recorded for all time and can be borrowed from the Fore Street Library in Upper Edmonton.

"'Well London' projects are intended to improve the lives of people living in the poorest 11% of areas in London. The Edmonton project has been a tremendous boost to learning, sharing and people getting to know each other."

Everyone is welcome - just phone the library on 020 8379 1717 to guarantee a place.

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