Is this a new chapter for our literary economy?

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CAMEo, the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester, to host symposium on the changing role of literature, writing and writers in the creative economy on 24 February

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 16 February 2017

How to understand a constantly changing publishing industry will be explored during a symposium at the University of Leicester.

The research symposium and workshop - Literature, Writing and the Creative Economy: New Directions? has been organised by CAMEo, the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies and the Centre for New Writing, and will take place on Friday 24 February, from 2pm at the University of Leicester.

Researchers, writers and practitioners are invited to sign up to the free event which will investigate the changing role of literature, writing and writers in the creative industries and creative economy.

Professor Mark Banks, CAMEo Director, said: “We want to bring together academics and practitioners with interests in any aspects of writing or publishing to discuss what we mean by the ‘literary economy’ and think of new ways to explore the changing dynamics of production, work and employment in writing, as well as think about how ‘literary practices’ are themselves more widely embedded in making and manifesting the creative economy.”

Two key speakers will be introducing their own research and observations on the literary economy which will be followed by a question and answer session and workshops led by the organisers. The workshops will identify themes for new inquiry, and explore the potential for forming a new collaborative writing and research network on literary economies.

Professor Claire Squires, from the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, University of Stirling, will be presenting her talk on ‘“There’s only so much shelf space to go around”: Publishing’s diversity deficit’ and Professor Rick Rylance, from the Institute of English Studies, at the University of London, will consider ‘What’s in the Literary Economy?’

CAMEo is keen to invite interested participants from any academic discipline, writers, publishers, and members of industry to attend this free event, to help discuss the key issues and explore new collaborative opportunities. All are welcome.

Literature, Writing and the Creative Economy: New Directions? research symposium and workshop is being held on Friday 24 February 2017, from 2pm to 5pm in the Council Room, Fielding Johnson Building, University of Leicester.

To register your place at this event visit: https://literaryeconomy.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information visit:  www.le.ac.uk/cameo

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

For more information contact mark.banks@leicester.ac.uk or stevie.marsden@leicester.ac.uk.

Professor Claire Squires, from the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, University of Stirling

Claire’s research interests include late 20th and 21st century publishing, literary prizes, and book festivals, with her publications including Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain (2007) and, with Padmini Ray Murray, The Digital Publishing Communications Circuit (2013). She is one of the volume editors for the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Book in Britain: Volume 7 The Twentieth Century and Beyond. She has worked as a judge for the Saltire Society Literary Awards and Publisher of the Year Award, and in 2015 was the recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.

Professor Rick Rylance, from the Institute of English Studies, University of London

Rick was until last year CEO of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Executive Chair of Research Councils UK. Previous roles have included Dean of Arts at Exeter and Anglia Ruskin Universities. He has served on the governing boards of numerous organisations including the Global Research Council. He has published several books on Victorian, twentieth-century and other topics, most recently Literature and the Public Good (Oxford University Press 2016).

CAMEo, the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, & Centre for New Writing at the University of Leicester.

CAMEo was launched in 2016 to provide new understandings of the cultural industries, the ‘creative economy’, arts, media and cultural policy, consumer culture dynamics, and the mediation and representation of cultural and economic life.

CAMEo is an interdisciplinary platform for academic research as well as for collaborations with culture and media practitioners. Together with a wide range of partners we explore the diverse and complex ways in which cultural and media economies are being defined, valued, enacted, experienced and represented.

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