High Streets Tales: Stories capturing the everyday magic of high streets (ebook and podcast)

This resource from Historic England showcases seven short stories written by eight writers, in collaboration with local communities, about their local high streets. They were commissioned as part of the ongoing High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme. The stories are presented in written form in an online ebook, as well as narrated by the writers in a podcast series. Together, the stories help to capture and celebrate the ‘everyday magic of high streets’.

Date added 24 February 2021
Last updated 24 February 2021

This resource from Historic England showcases seven short stories written by eight writers across England, in collaboration with local communities, about their local high streets. They were commissioned as part of the ongoing High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme. The stories are presented in written form in an online ebook, as well as narrated by the writers in a related podcast series, and include the following:

  • “Time and the Shoe Man”, Celia Bryce, North Shields
  • “The Women of Number 11”, Rebecca Tantony, Weston-super-Mare
  • “In Between Days”, Merrie Joy Williams, Woolwich
  • “All the Secret Postcards”, Rod Duncan, Leicester
  • “Borrowed Ground”, Robin Pridy, Hastings
  • “Under the watchful eyes of seagulls”, Ellie McKinlay-Khojinian and Ligia Macedo, Great Yarmouth
  • “Flying”, Maria Whatton, Wednesbury.

Together, through expressing the reflections, memories, and stories of local people captured in discussions and story writing workshops, the stories help to capture and celebrate the ‘everyday magic of high streets’, with co-creation lying at their heart. The stories also highlight the importance of heritage, culture, and unique place identity.