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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Diversity
During my childhood it often felt like all the odds were against me. I was born in Bradford and lived in Windhill, Shipley for most of my youth. At great cost to my...
Invisibility
“Well, I’m not sure what I am, but I’m definitely not straight!” This is a sentence I said to myself back in the spring of 2004. As an undergraduate student I was...
Be good at being me
It was the start of one of the biggest battles I have ever faced, yet even then I kept quiet... Each person has a story to tell, this could be at different stages in...
A Breath of Fresh Air
My name is Connor Drake, a 24-year-old working class Bradford lad. I grew up in Clayton and I'm the first person in my family to go to university.  University...
This Is Me
“I couldn't understand why my body was like it was…” My story is about the difficulties of learning to love and accepting my body.  I remember as a...
Running Away
I fell in love and married in my home town of Reading, Berkshire in 1974, I thought we were both going to continue to live there but my husband thought otherwise, his...