A Tale of Three Cities Anthology

A Tale of Three Cities, one of the most exciting literature projects in the East Midlands, will be launching its first anthology at the end of this month.

The project was set up by the Literature Development Officers of Nottingham, Derby and Leicester in 2005 with a view to bringing together readers and writers throughout the three cities in exploring their views on the identity of their home city and the three cities.

The project also led to the appointment of Ian McMillan, one of the United Kingdom’s most popular poets, as Poet Laureate of the East Midlands.

A Tale of Three Cities was supported by the Three Cities Create and Connect initiative and funded via the Urban Cultural Program.

Michaela Butter, Art Council England’s Head of External Relations said the project aims to demonstrate how literature enables people to express themselves creatively and listen to each other.

“It will link people from different communities across the three cities.

“The partnership reflects genuine collaboration and creative and strategic thinking. A Tale of Three Cities will connect people and reflect on the identity and characteristics of where they live,” Michaela Butter said.

Damien Walter, the Leicester and Leicestershire Library Services’ Literature Development Officer said the anthology will be launched on Friday March 31 at the Council House in Nottingham.

Ian McMillan will present prizes and read his own work.

Regional writers and others included in the anthology will also be reading some of their own work.

“It should be a great evening, attended by many of the arts and literature folk of the East Midlands,” Damien Walter said.

For the past nine months, A Tale of Three Cities has been holding workshops, seminars and readings to inspire creative writing across the East Midlands.

“We think this had been a very exciting and fruitful project,” Damien Walter said.

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