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HERSTORY is a city-wide audio storytelling experience that uncovers the stories of women usually hidden from history. These are the real stories of Brighton-based women as they live through the COVID-19 pandemic. Insightful and inspiring, HERSTORY carves out a space where women can be heard. We invite you to discover and listen to a trail of stories that celebrate the truth and power of women all around us.

Listen to stories by writers: Zena Rose-Allen, Jade Anouka, Mia Daliya Cunningham, Kate O’Donnell, Shirley Falchi, Sabrina Mahfouz, Yolanda Mercy, Jenny Milligan, Nessah Muthy, Julie Orchard, Anna Osella, Malasula Peace, Phonetic, Boudicca Pepper, Nou Ra, Carley Reid, Monsay Whitney and Rachael Young.

Visit the listening posts in Hangleton, Moulsecoomb, Whitehawk and Central Brighton to discover the stories and portraits of women from Brighton and scan a unique QR code at each listening post to listen to these stories as part of the Brighton Festival from 01 – 31 May 2021. Find a moment to reflect and enjoy women’s voices during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Don’t have access to a smartphone? To listen to the stories head over to: Brighthelm, North Rd, BN1 1YD between 17th – 31st May on Tues, Wed & Fri 12-4pm & 12-3pm on Sat.

Please note: If taking part in this trail or walk you must always follow the latest government guidelines on restrictions and social distancing.

HERSTORY, an Arch 468 Production. Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival, Arch 468, Lighthouse and created by Stef O’Driscoll. Produced with support from Re-Imagine Europe, Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, additional funds from Brandwatch and supported by Digital Democracies.

Special thanks to Audio Active, Brightons People Theatre, Bottega Rooms, Cascade Creative Recovery, Little Green Pig, Miss Represented and Trans Creative.

Creative Team

Creative Director – Stef O’Driscoll
Producer – Sofia Stephanou for Arch 468
Designer – Charlie Cridlan
Photographer – Amaal Said
Associate Producer – Alice Rush for Arch 468
Sound Designer – Dominic Kennedy
Production Creative – Colin Everitt
Crew – AP Crew and Transport
Web Designer – Thom Driver for getofftheweb

Stories by

Travis Alabanza
Lori Asha
Romina Callini
Dandi
Erin Cooper
Mia Cunningham 
curvesdownsouth
Shirley Falchi
Veronica Finnegan
Yasmin James
Lydia
Maria
Siggi Mwasote
Malasula Peace
Carley Reid
Ebi Simpson
Elizabeth Walsh

Performances by

Toyin Ayedun-Alase
Zena Rose-Allen
Jade Anouka
Lori Asha
Pamela Chandler
Mia Daliya Cunningham
Seroca Davis
Shirley Falchi
Asha Hassan 
Zainab Hasan
Kuchenga
Charlotte O’Leary
Anna Osella
Malasula Peace
Phonetic
Nou Ra
Carley Reid
Cat Simmons