Cultural literary heritage profiled for the first time

Posted by pt91 at Sep 22, 2011 12:20 PM |
Survey uncovers unprecedented number of works by Leicestershire writers
Cultural literary heritage profiled for the first time

Dr Corinne Fowler of the School of English.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 22 September 2011

A new database of transcultural writing by Leicestershire writers has been launched by the University of Leicester.

The Grassroutes e-catalogue is based on a survey conducted by Dr. Corinne Fowler at the University’s School of English. The survey yielded an unprecedented number of works by local writers.

Dr Fowler said: “I am astonished at the number of titles that this survey has discovered. It is a larger database than a similar survey I conducted as part of a research team in Manchester. It shows how prolific Leicestershire writers have been and that its writers deserve greater critical attention.”

The project Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing at the School of English aims to increase awareness of Leicestershire’s diverse literary cultures and the range of well-crafted writing that the region has produced since the 1980s. Grassroutes, based at the University of Leicester, is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with £10,000 funding to reveal hidden talented writers across Leicestershire. It addresses the perception that the best quality writing comes from London.

Leading the project, lecturer and author Dr Fowler explained, “The aim of Grassroutes is to promote public knowledge of Leicestershire’s diverse literary cultures on a local, national and international scale. It will foster local, national and international, as well as critical recognition for the writing.”

Grassroutes will deliver its aims by summer 2012 through three further outputs:

·     an online Writers’ Gallery with 50 author pages

·     a £1,000 creative writing commission

·     an exhibition about writers

Dr Fowler was encouraged by recent studies on Britain’s writing, as well as her own research, which revealed a great imbalance between London and regional writers’ readerships, fuelled by prevailing readers’ perceptions of regional BME writers.

“Recent research suggests that our publishing industry distorts our sense of Britain’s literary landscape. Not only this, but that Black, Chinese and Asian writers outside London struggle to achieve literary recognition or gain access to wide readerships,” said Dr Fowler.

Notes to Editors

For more information, please contact Dr Corinne Fowler, email, or visit the website

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