High Street Tales: a project with Historic England

Wednesbury Market Place (c) GS Crutchley

We’ve appointed Maria Whatton as our socially engaged writer, experienced at working with local communities and arts and culture organisations, to write a short story as part of a nationwide project to celebrate the future of the local high street.

Maria will also be involved in a podcast about the project, and will run two online story sessions to help create her commissioned short story.



High Street Tales is part of the cultural programme of the High Street Heritage Action Zones (HAZ) project run by Historic England. Its aim is to create a set of stories to be broadcast and distributed online that celebrate the local high street, the people and communities who depend on them.



Writing West Midlands is one of seven literature development agencies working across England with a shared commitment to supporting the artistic and professional development of writers and promoting a greater diversity of voices in the many worlds of writing and reading.

We are working together as part of the HAZ project to create stories from seven towns across England exploring the communities who live there and the role that their high street plays for them. Each of us is commissioning one writer to create a story from one town.

Writing West Midlands has appointed Maria Whatton to create a story about Wednesbury (specifically, the area around the Market Place and clock tower.)


THE FINISHED STORY WILL BE AVAILABLE IN JANUARY 2021. Please check back nearer the time, or sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know about it.