People Library

The latest stories

Collated by Bradford People Library

Bradford’s People Library is a collection of ‘human books’ highlighting the many things we have in common as human beings, as well as celebrating our differences. Read on for inspiring stories from people born and bred or newly arrived and who live in all parts of our wonderful district. Demonstrating that there is always more to a human ‘book’ than just its cover.

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Black Voices
We speak to four people who have made Bradford their home. What is Black History? Black history is everyone’s history, whether that be the history of British English...
The Sikh Vaisakhi
Vaisakhi is the most important Sikh festival in the calendar and is an opportunity for Self-Reflection, Transformation, and...
LGBTQ+ Voices
A short film providing an insight to the diverse LGBTQ+ community in Bradford district, launched especially during LGBTQ+ History Month and part of our Anti-Rumour and...
Moments of connection
One man’s journey into dance and choreography, around the World and back again – always seeing the beauty and magic in both people and dance....

Read our stories

Out of the Darkness
One woman’s journey turning pain into power Often, we get to choose how we shape our lives and the world around us.  Sometimes though, our lives are thrust...
Surrounded by stories
A Street Photographer’s journey to putting Bradford’s heritage on the international map Pioneers often don’t see themselves as that, they’re busy forging...
The Fight for a Better Future
From refugee to activist, one man’s journey to freedom and his mission to help others. When you speak with Asumani you realise the incredibly powerful gift of having...
A Vital Connection
Discovering strength through community. As you speak with Shaida from Keighley, you quickly get a strong sense of her resilience and fortitude as she shares her journey...
Life is a journey
Finding safety and freedom in music, the Yorkshire landscape and the LGBTQ community. “Most of the time young people feel there’s no safety to just express...
Ordinary and Extraordinary
The power of stories and art in connecting people and places. “I grew up in Manningham, so the park and Cartwright Hall were close by. We pretty much went every week,...
Football, Books and Bears
How one football coach's idea is breaking down literacy barriers across Bradford “I had everything going for me growing up, but it would strike fear down my spine every...
People just like you
“We were trying to save our lives, but the future was uncertain…” A story from one of the ‘most discriminated people in the world’* Everyone expected...
Whose are yous?
Overcoming 900 years of segregation to find a home and belonging in Bradford. Belonging is a fundamental building block to life, as it allows you to build a...
Finding fulfilment in a shed
Tackling mental health and wellbeing through shared passions and community “If you sit twelve men in a circle and ask them to chat about their problems, the...
Staring at a new world
I was a frightened 16 year old, staring at a new world, longing for safety and a happy home. I came to the UK when I was sixteen with the help of the Red Cross, after...
Fatherhood
It's important for fathers to know that they are important figures in their children’s’ lives and that it's OK to have a strong connection with your child. I was...