New Publication – Writing the Contemporary

We are delighted to announce the publication of Writing the Contemporary: Poetry and Postcards from UNESCO Cities of Literature (Trent Editions 2019). Edited by Joanne Dixon and Daniel Cordle, Writing the Contemporary brings together the work of three European poets to explore themes of home, technology and environment. Framed with postcards from other writers and expert introductions, the collection reflects on the challenges of the twenty-first century moment.

The book emerges from the innovative Re:Vision programme developed by the Critical Poetics research group at Nottingham Trent University in collaboration with the UNESCO Creative Cities network. At Re:Vision workshops in Nottingham, Katowice, Dublin, Tartu and Ljubljana, and through an intensive online writing course, emerging and aspiring writers engaged in reading, in philosophical reflection and discussion and in creative writing activities, to explore what it means to live in the twenty-first century. The new poetic voices collected here provide a way of re-framing how we think creatively and critically about contemporary challenges.

You can order print copies and an e-book version of the publication from Trent Editions. The Trent Editions’ product catalogue can be found at Nottingham Trent University’s online store by following the links below.

Print copy


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