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Brighton Festival 2021
Part of Digital Democracies

1-31 May 2021

Locations: Hangleton, Moulsecoomb, Whitehawk and Central Brighton



From 1 May till 31 May 2021

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.

Where to find

Scan a unique QR code at listening posts in Hangleton, Moulsecoomb, Whitehawk and Central Brighton to discover the stories and portraits of women from Brighton.

If you don’t have access to a smart phone or tablet, there will be hub locations around Brighton where you can listen to the stories.

Find out more information about the writers, storytellers and performers ​and locations across Brighton at www.herstorytrail.com.

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.

Stories by

Travis Alabanza, Lori Asha, Romina Callini, Erin Cooper, Mia Cunningham, curvesdownsouth, Lydia, Shirley Falchi, Veronica Finnegan, Maria, Yasmin, James, Siggi Mwasote, Dandi, Malasula Peace, Carley Reid, Ebi Simpson and 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, Charlotte O’Leary, Anna Osella, Malasula Peace, Phonetic, Nou Ra, Carley Reid, Kuchenga and Cat Simmons.

Special thanks to

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

Creative Team

Creative Director - Stef O’Driscoll (Creative Director), Sofia Stephanou for Arch 468 (Producer), Charlie Cridlan (Designer), Amaal Said (Photographer), Alice Rush for Arch 468 (Associate Producer), Dominic Kennedy (Sound Designer), Colin Everitt (Production Creative), Thom Driver for getofftheweb (Web Designer)


HERSTORY, an Arch 468 Production. Co-commissioned by Lighthouse, Brighton Festival and Arch 468 and created by Stef O’Driscoll. Produced by Lighthouse. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by Threshold Studios, Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Lighthouse through their partners and funders Re-Imagine Europe and Brandwatch.

This commission is part of Re-Imagine Europe, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Lighthouse in Brighton is the UK partner.