Six characters are all facing their own problems. Everything seems impossible when you’re going it alone. But there’s a big party being held at The Shoulder of Mutton – will any of them go and reconnect? Over seven weeks, each character’s story will be revealed. Readers watch as our characters weave in and out of each other’s lives, becoming immersed in the stories of their fictional neighbours and discovering that the community of the local pub is very powerful indeed.

This residency took place at The Shoulder of Mutton, Strumpshaw. The story was delivered to the community by Landlord Bob as he read a chapter on Facebook Live each week on ‘Jackanory Monday’. The audio recordings of each of these storytelling sessions were serialised and played out weekly on BBC Radio Norfolk’s Upload show. Bound copies of the story were also sold to the local community in order to raise funds for the pub’s senior citizens Christmas meal!

Watch chapter one here and follow the links below to the subsequent chapters:


 Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7 

If you would rather download the story to read yourself, you can download the text version here:

Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7.