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#MyBirminghamStory asks influential people in Birmingham to write or record themselves telling a story about their experiences of life in the city.

By engaging with our emotions, building our empathy and sharing our stories, we can become not only better readers and writers, but also better able to understand other people and communities beyond our own - something that has never felt more urgent than now.

Listen to people's Birmingham stories by following the links below, or if you would rather, you can read the transcripts.

If you've been inspired to tell your Birmingham Story, share it with us by filling out this form or post a video on social media using the hashtag #MyBirminghamStory.

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    Gaganpreet Kaur Basra

    Birmingham Stories' Hub Manager
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    Mark Billingham

    Local Author
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    Jess Philips

    Local MP
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    George Garrett

    Warwickshire County Cricketer
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    Marie Kelly

    Warwickshire County Cricketer
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    Rob Yates and Ethan Brookes

    Warwickshire County Cricketers
    Listen now
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    Benjamin Zephaniah

    Local poet, novelist, musician and actor
    Listen now
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    Rachel Suzzanne

    Local Illustrator
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    Matt Thompson

    The Dean of Birmingham
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    Anne Hollinghurst

    The Bishop of Aston
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    Rachael Wong

    Local Author
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    Jonathan Douglas

    Chief Executive, National Literacy Trust
    Listen now
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    Casey Bailey

    Birmingham Poet Laureate
    Listen now
  • Marcus Paragpuri

    Marcus Paragpuri

    Theatre-maker, Theatre(ish)
    Listen now
  • Antonia Parker Smith

    Antonia Parker Smith

    Theatre-maker, Theatre(ish)
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    Ruth Gilligan

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    Black British Book Festival

    Attendees, volunteers and stallholders
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    Birmingham resident
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    Frankfurt Christmas Market

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