STORIES FROM THE CITY
ISBN Number: 978-0-9560557-3 Price: £5.95
A collection of new writing about Liverpool: past, present and future.
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.
As Liverpool comes to the end of its year as European Capital of Culture in 2008, Redwood publish the book Stories from the City. 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.
“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