Liverpool 500 was part of the LJMU MA Writing program and has been shared with Liverpool in Australia – a collaboration which forms part of LJMU’s Liverpool 2 Liverpool project with University of Wollongong’s Liverpool Campus in Sydney.
Coordinator of the MA Writing, Professor Catherine Cole, was impressed by the diversity and scope of the student responses to the call for work.
‘These are wonderful snapshots of life in the city, made even more potent by our distance from some much loved places by the restrictions imposed by COVID 19. I loved the stories from students whose family history in Liverpool goes back hundreds of years and also from students who live in other cities and come up for the MA once a week. I’ve been really amazed at the talent of this cohort. They are in the process of completing their degrees right now and will be submitting their theses at the end of August. I’ll miss them and the work they contribute. Already they’re getting published and performed, being shortlisted and planning their writing careers. I hope to welcome quite a few back into our doctoral program.’
The stories are included in this post if you’d like to read them and one student, Sean Watkin, has produced a recording of his poignant story Mersey Ferry Terminal.
In the meantime, Liverpool continues to feature prominently in student work which includes memoir, crime fiction, experimental fiction, creative non fiction and historical fiction. Their talent is diverse and Liverpool and the wider UK will no doubt hear more from them.