My Story

They say there’s a book inside every one of us…

This autumn, the BBC will be inviting the whole country to share their untold real life stories [1] with the hope of finding that book.

In September the My Story website is launching at, asking the public to submit their true untold real life stories in 300 to 1,500 words.

Up to 15 of the most compelling storytellers will get the chance to appear in a major TV series on BBC One in 2010.

There will also be the chance for five of the storytellers to have their book published, which could see the story of their lives available to buy in shops alongside their favourite authors, after the programmes transmit.

Mark Bell, Arts Commissioner, BBC, commented: “My Story aims to get the whole nation reading, writing and telling their most remarkable stories.

“The BBC believes that the arts should be accessible to all and we’re proud as a publicly-funded broadcaster to be at the heart of the nation’s storytelling.”

The My Story website will be packed full of videos and interactive tools to help people plan and structure their stories, as well as tips on writing styles and skills.

In addition, short videos presented by Nina Wadia (EastEnders) and Lenny Henry (returning to the part of Deacus) will show audiences how easy it is to get started and explore simple ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

There are also cameo appearances from Peter Duncan, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Stephen K Amos and Rowland Rivron.

Wannabe storytellers will also be invited to come to one of six My Story roadshows [2] across the country, aiming to inspire a harder-to-reach audience to tell their stories.

My Story is a part of the BBC’s commitment to the arts and culture in association with Princess Productions.

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