575 Stories is a free storytelling programme for local women.
Over the course of 10 weeks, 10 women came together to tell, create and share stories in the exquisite surroundings of National Trust property, 575 Wandsworth Road. Home of Kenyan author, Khadambi Asalache, 575 Wandsworth Road is a beautiful work of interior design. Every surface is covered in intricate wooden carvings, put in place by Khadambi as a means of covering up recurring damp issues.
Led by pioneering storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton, participants found inspiration in the rooms, objects and design of the house, using them as a starting point for sharing their own memories, experiences and cultures. Stories of home and beyond: stories of kitchens; recipes and remedies; tales passed on from grandparents; stories of travel; songs and worship; memories and dreams. The project aims to encourage creativity, imagination and integration.
The house brought out a vast number of brilliant stories from the group, which were retold and developed throughout the programme. Some of these brilliant stories are documented below for you to enjoy, captured from a celebratory story sharing that completed the project.
You can find out more information about the property here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/575-wandsworth-road