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Good Stories Take Time: Creativity, Legacy and Non-Reactive Storytelling

POSTED: 30 April 2021

How can we record our histories in a way that keeps them active and alive?

In April, we hosted a conversation between Anu Henriques from Skin Deep and Freedom & Balance’s André Anderson. They shared their experiences as storytellers and facilitators with us and discussed how we can create non-reactive spaces that exist in parallel to the mainstream, where we can centre joy and abundance for our communities, especially in difficult times. This uplifting and vital conversation is now available to listen back below.

We’ve also compiled a playlist and a reading list, alongside other references and resources from the conversation, to help you gather tools and ideas for your own storytelling practices.


Rocks, directed by Sarah Gavron, 2019 (currently available to watch on Netflix)

In My Blood It Runs, directed by Maya Newell, 2019

Babymother, directed by Julian Henriques, 1998

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On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Skin Deep Magazine Issue 9: Is This the End?

Freedom & Balance: Authors of the Estate

Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life by Tavia Nyong'o


Skin Deep’s website

Freedom & Balance’s website

Autograph’s website, exhibitions and photography collection

Build Your Own Creative Industry, card deck by Freedom and Balance

FHALMA Foundation’s website

Resourcing Racial Justice – funding for social change

Baobab Foundation – distributing grants to BAME community organisations


Each year, Autograph has an Open Call for event proposals from emerging cultural producers who are working on a new or early stage project. For successful applicants, Autograph provides a budget, curatorial fee, and support to help make the event happen. This event was a result of our 2020 Open Call.

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