Have you got an experience to share?

Dandelion stories is a community engagement project. Through the website and exhibitions it asks people to share their personal experiences.

Dandelion Stories are anonymous, no longer than 650 words each and tell the real stories behind subjects such as disability, mental health, bereavement and many more.

Go to the ‘write a story’ page on this website or type in a word and search for stories on a particular subject. Please see ‘exhibitions’ for latest Dandelion Story exhibitions or contact us if you wish to host an exhibition of stories.

Please search for a subject you are interested in or click on a tag word on the right of this page.

Thank you for your interest in Dandelion Stories.

Recent Stories

  • An open letter to my parents….

    Dear Mum and Dad You must have thought that it all went terribly well the day that I asked the question “Why is mine different from Dad’s”? You told me that I’d had “a little operation to avoid trouble later … Continue reading

  • Geoff’s story of abuse

    I met Helen on an online dating site and at first our relationship appeared idyllic. She soon fell pregnant and we made plans to spend our future together. Soon afterwards I found out that she was an alcoholic in recovery … Continue reading

  • I lie on the floor with my headphones on

    A poem written by a man with mental health problems…… I lie on the floor with my headphones on I lie on the floor with my headphones on the music is balm and pleasure It helps my mind from blowing … Continue reading

  • On circumcision

    I am 58 years old. I was circumcised as a baby upon a doctor’s recommendation. As a young boy, I soon noticed that I looked different to my father and to other boys and men. I didn’t see another other … Continue reading

  • My mate

    A man he trusted not long before we first met had raped him a year earlier. We immediately became mates. Him a straight lad living with HIV and me just slightly older, a gay man on the game. It never … Continue reading