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Leeds Trinity students launching anthology at York Literature Festival

Posted on 13 March 2018


​​​Students and staff from Leeds Trinity University are launching a Leeds Trinity and Wordspace creative writing anthology at the York Literature Festival on Tuesday 20 March.

The anthology, titled Portmanteau, includes poetry and short fiction from students and teaching staff on the University's MA in Creative Writing. It is edited by students Esther Dreher and Ethan Lowe, and Poet and Leeds Trinity Professor Oz Hardwick, and is themed on portmanteau words, which are formed when two words are combined to create a new meaning.

Editor Esther Dreher said: "Our first challenge when we started working on the anthology was to think of a theme that would be relevant to the year of publication and generate some interesting submissions. With Brexit (a 'portmanteau' of Britain and Exit) being such a huge issue and discussion point at the time, we decided to use the word 'portmanteau' as the writing prompt. A whole range of potential interpretations opened up from this."

While some writers chose a popular portmanteau word for their title or theme, such as 'spork', 'frenemy' and 'staycation', others made up portmanteau words of their own. The result is an anthology with an interesting variety of work and a range of subjects, from voodoo dolls to Britpop.

Esther added: "We were really impressed by the quality of work submitted, and now that the anthology is published, we are delighted to have the chance to launch it to the public at the York Literature Festival."

The Portmanteau launch event will take place at the York Literature Festival HUB on Tuesday 20 March, 7.45pm – 9.30pm. The event is free and writers will read from the anthology.

For more information, see the York Literature Festival Hub programme available here.

The anthology is available to buy for £11.50 from Indigo Dreams Publishing