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Stories from the City

Written by Chris Routledge, 30th November 2008

design by Eno.

Stories from the City is a collection of new writing about Liverpool: past, present and future. As Liverpool comes to the end of its year as European Capital of Culture in 2008, here is an alternative to both the populist and tourist-orientated ‘culture’ that has marked much of the year and the tide of miserable anti-2008 moaning, Stories from the City contains a myriad of voices and views from and on Liverpool and pulls no punches in its depiction of this most idiosyncratic of towns.

The included pieces were selected from an open submission process that was promoted across the city. A wide spectrum of writing looks hard and deep at Liverpool, the most written about in the UK after London and asks, for better or worse, what makes it special.

Written, designed, edited and produced locally and independently, Stories from the City will have its first 800 copies distributed free across Liverpool as a gift by its publishers, Redwood, for 2008. It includes writing by Shane Gladstone, Kath McKay, John Parker, Christopher Routledge, Michael Sellars, Joe Shooman, George Skelly, THIS WIRED GOD, Kenn Taylor, Maxwell Turpin and Tony Walsh.

Stories from the City is an antidote to the avalanche of self-congratulatory crap that the city has produced in its Capital of Culture year. The writers within are interested in the only questions that matter: how we got to be here, in this place, at this time, and what it means to be alive in this city on this earth. Read, think, support. Liverpool needs work like this; it always has and always will. That there are people willing, even eager, to take such risks is to be praised.”
Niall Griffiths, award-winning Liverpool-born author

“A great book and a celebration of Liverpool's greatest natural asset, namely language. This city loves words – we cherish them like connoisseurs and spend them like drunken sailors.”
Paul Du Noyer, Associate Editor of The Word, former editor of Q and Mojo and author of Liverpool: Wondrous Place.

Redwood is a Liverpool-based printing services and creative solutions company. It is the one of only a handful of printers across the UK to hold full environmental accreditation for both FSC and PEFC. Redwood act as publisher for a small range of titles and limit themselves to publications raising social awareness or promoting the arts.

Stories from the City is an independent creative collective founded by journalists Kenn Taylor (Flux, NME, The Big Issue) and Shane Gladstone (Dazed and Confused, Clash, Mercy) to undertake an open-submission creative writing project about Liverpool for 2008.

For any further press enquires about the Stories from the City project please contact: liverpoolmagazine<A T >

For further enquires about Redwood please contact claire < A T >

Stories from the City

ISBN Number: 978-0-9560557-3       Price: £5.95

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