Secret Stories

Two brand new audio tales written by Satinder Chohan, Trina Haldar and families of Belgrave

Stories told across time, across continents and generations

"How did we communicate in the olden days? With letters. Letters…Sometimes blue airmail letters that we'd send… Light like a feather but heavy with love and words."

During lockdown The Spark immersed themselves into the heart of the Belgrave community via interactive zoom conversations with local families to uncover their personal histories and their family journeys which ultimately lead to Leicester.

Secret Stories are hidden gems brought to you directly from the heart of Belgrave, Leicester's Golden Mile.

Jumping from India to Kenya, from Pakistan to Portugal, riding on the back of Nana's motorcycle, watching elephants and camels pass you by while you stop for a cool lassi.

Two beautiful and often humorous audio stories; Airmail & The Video Call will transport you to these faraway worlds to meet Nani and Nana and of course YouTube Masi, as we invite you to discover the secret stories of the families of Belgrave.

No passport or visa required!

"These stories show what a special place Belgrave is."

Councillor Nita Solanki, Belgrave Ward

Watch Airmail

Watch The Video Call

Read the book

You can find a beautifully illustrated book version of these stories at all local Leicester libraries or download a PDF version of this book here.

These stories were first told in live streamed performances during The Spark Festival 2021.

Belgrave in Lockdown

Images of Belgrave in lockdown by Rochana

Supported by

Funded by The Y Heritage supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund