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LRDG seminar

Date: 30 May 2006 Time: 1.00 pm

Moving Manchester/Mediating Marginalities: How the experience of migration has informed the work of writers in Greater Manchester from 1960 to the present.Robert Crawshaw, Corinne Fowler, Graham Mort and Lynne Pearce, Lancaster UniversityIn January 2006 the Faculty of Humanities at Lancaster University received its biggest ever research grant. Work has since begun on the AHRC-funded project, which has recently received the new name of 'Moving Manchester'. The project explores creative writing from Greater Manchester that has been informed and influenced by the experience of migration. The research team comprises literary critics, cultural theorists and creative writers and the project is unique in combining critical analysis with pro-active 'literature development' in its mission to produce an anthology of new work as well as a full academic study. This presentation will detail the project aims and give an account of progress made so far. One of the most important project outputs is an electronic catalogue of creative writing that will take the form of an annotated bibliography. The e-catalogue is designed to widen knowledge of this writing and to facilitate access to it. We will show sample entries from this catalogue. As well as explaining our methodology in relation to key constituencies of writers identified so far, we will discuss the ethical and political dilemmas encountered by the research team in attempting to involve the wider public in its research. We will outline the process of negotiation and re-configuration necessitated by a critical engagement with creative writers, communities, independent publishers and agencies that have long played a role in promoting this writing. We can also recommend some excellent new reads.

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