The Storytelling Bus Competition

Do you have a story to share about our hometown?

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IOU is looking for your original, personal, short story, a memory, a significant moment in your life that happened in a particular place in the area of Halifax.

This summer, Halifax-based IOU presents The Storytelling Bus, an ‘alternative’ history of Halifax, with the stories heard through headphones as we ride around the town on IOU’s extraordinary Rear View bus. In partnership with Square Chapel and The Piece Hall, The Storytelling Bus runs for 8 weekends from 25th May 2019. Over 4000 people will have an opportunity to experience it, with another 100,000 people seeing the spectacle as it travels around Halifax. Tickets will be available from the Square Chapel Box office this spring.


Your writing is an opportunity to explore memories, identity and the self in relation to a place and how it defines and influences us. It could be a story that seems insignificant but personally important, where the small moments become interesting - the ordinary is made extraordinary. 

Stories must be:

  • Between 100 and 300 words long

  • Original writing based on personal experience

  • About/based on any location in Halifax of your choice

Entries must include:

  • Story Title

  • Your Name, Address, Tel number & email address

  • Location of story in Halifax

  • Word count

Please email your submissions with “Storytelling Bus Competition” in the subject line to emily.brown@ioutheatre.org

Deadline: Friday 15th February


The Storytelling Bus will run for 8 weekends from 25 May to 14th July 2019. 

  • 25-27 May (Bank holiday weekend)
  • 1-2 June
  • 8-9 June
  • 15-16 June
  • 22-23 June
  • 29-30 June
  • 6-7 July
  • 13-14 July 

Tickets will be available from the Square Chapel Box office this spring. 

Age guidance for the Storytelling Bus: 11+. Please note that if you are under 11 years old and under 135cm you will be required to use a booster seat (provided) on the bus. 

IOU are holding writing workshops with Rear View writers Jemima Foxtrot and Cecilia Knapp. If you’re interested in attending, see here for more information.

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