An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Leicester

by Jon Wilkins in Leicester, England, United Kingdom

An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Leicester

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To produce an anthology of work showcasing the talents of Leicester creative writers writing about the wonders of Leicester.

by Jon Wilkins in Leicester, England, United Kingdom

I was reading my favourite Francophile crime writer, Cara Blacks “Murder in Saint Germain”. Her hero, Aimee Leduc scoots around Paris solving crimes. Paris is the key, the second most important character in her books. Aimee’s partner Rene, mentions Georges Perec and his writing in the story.

This seemed interesting so I looked further and in 1973 Perec spent three days in St Sulphice, Paris, just watching Paris and its people which resulted in a creative wonder that is “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris”.

Inspired by Perec’s work, I thought is it possible as a writer to exhaust a place. Could you possibly wring out everything about a city so that there was nothing left to write?

To me that is an impossibility and by looking through the submissions in this book I think you will agree. For every work accepted, two or three were rejected, as there was simply no more room for them. 

So it was a case of asking for pieces of work in “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Leicester." to see where we could go and I know once you read the book, you will see we have gone a long way!

Ghosts, memories, dystopia, humour, loneliness, nostalgia and some wonderful poetry are featured.

By supporting this project and donating, you will help to encourage a new generation of writers, many of whom have never been published before.

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