We want to hear your stories of living in Portsmouth

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WE’VE all got a story to tell – now Portsmouth residents are being asked to share their experiences of living in the city.

It could be about the Mary Rose being dredged from the depths of the Solent, Pompey winning the FA Cup or films you saw in old cinemas.

The News has joined forces with professional writers to take part in the You, Me and Everyone in Portsmouth project.

The goal is to collect stories from 2,000 residents.

Everyone’s tales will then be put together and made into one, big epic story about the city.

It will culminate with large-scale events at Portsmouth Guildhall over October 25 and 26, where stories will be shared on a projector.

Stories by Portsmouth-born author Neil Gaiman will be retold.

Project co-director Greg Klerkx said: ‘This is an exciting extension of Portsmouth’s amazing literary heritage.

‘We feel it’s a chance for everyone in the community, regardless of their background, to be part of a bigger story and then see that story come to life in an amazing way.’

As previously reported, a road called The Ocean At The End of The Lane, the title of Neil’s latest work, was unveiled to the west of Canoe Lake this month.

Councillor Lee Hunt, Portsmouth City Council cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said the idea would continue to promote a love of writing and literature.

‘The way we are using writers and writing to drive our literature is beginning to pay off,’ he said.

‘The whole idea of coming together in these sorts of ways promotes this.’

To take part, write 50 words about your experiences of living in Portsmouth.

Ideas could also be about your favourite childhood memory, your favourite secret place in Portsmouth or about where you were in the city on New Year’s Eve before the new millennium.

Send your tales to mystory@youmeeveryone.co.uk by September 13.

You, Me and Everyone in Portsmouth, is funded mainly by Arts Council England, and has received extra support from Portsmouth City Council and the Portsmouth Cultural Trust.

For more information, contact Greg Klerkx at greg@reauthoring.co.uk