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Leeds Trinity students launch anthology at Ilkley Literature Festival

Posted on 05 October 2018

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​​Creative Writing students from Leeds Trinity University have launched a new creative writing anthology at the Ilkley Literature Festival, with a second launch planned in Leeds on Thursday 11 October.

The anthology, titled Mythologies: a Space for Words, includes poetry and prose from students and teaching staff on the University's MA in Creative Writing. It is edited by students Alexa Marie Russell and Kate Kennedy, and Poet and Leeds Trinity Senior Lecturer Dr Amina Alyal.

The launch took place at the Ilkley Playhouse as part of the Ilkley Literature Festival on Tuesday 2 October, and included readings from contributors including Leeds Trinity's Dr Amina Alyal. There was a question and answer session and the opportunity to purchase signed copies.

A second launch will take place in Leeds on Thursday 11 October, 7.30pm at the Hop Shack, Horsforth, as part of the University's monthly WordSpace open mic night.

The anthology, which is the fifth in the series, focuses on the theme of mythology with the writers addressing timeless mythological topics like birth, death and relationships, animal-human shape-shifting, landscape and the seasons – but they do so in conjunction with very modern environments like festivals, the office and the cinema.

Paul Hardwick, Professor of Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University, said: "Mythologies, like all of our WordSpace anthologies, features work by emerging voices as well as writers with established national – even international – reputations. In partnership with the award-winning Indigo Dreams Publishing, we're really proud of our diverse and exciting collections, and Mythologies is packed with original and distinctive takes on perennial narratives at the heart of human experience."

Comic, tragic, celebratory or satirical, the stories and poems involve old favourites like Medusa and Persephone, and take readers from the Vikings to China, via DC Comics and the Tír na NÓgh.  

Editor Kate Kennedy said: "I'm very excited about the anthology launch. After all the work we've put into producing Mythologies, it is great to have it in our hands. When we were discussing options for a theme, we narrowed it down to mythology as we wanted a broad and relatable theme, whether it was a known myth, a reworked one, or a new piece of writing in a mythic style. We're elated to be part of the Ilkley Literature Festival."

Dr Amina Alyal, Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University and co-editor of the anthology, said: "It was a joy working on the anthology with Alexa and Kate. Alexa came up with the elegant structure of the anthology, which moves geographically through the world, and ends up back at Leeds, where the anthology came into being."

Mythologies: a Space for Words, which is published under the WordSpace imprint with Indigo Dreams, is available to buy for £8.99 from Indigo Dreams Publishing