Hidden Stories book launch celebrates Leicesters and Glossops Deindustrial Past

The AHRC-funded ‘Affective Digital Histories: Recreating De-industrial Places, 1970s to the Present’ project team will present an evening of original poetry and prose tomorrow (Tuesday 31 March) from 6:00pm at Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre, Midland St., in the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.  

The event marks the launch of a new book, Hidden Stories, and celebrates the creative reinterpretation by the public and new audiences of the de-industrial history of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter and the mills of the North Derbyshire town of Glossop.

The book is just one part of a host of exceptionally creative and powerful work commissioned as part of the large grant secured by a multi-disciplinary team comprising the University of Leicester’s departments of Management, Geography, English (Centre for New Writing), Museum Studies, Urban History, East Midlands Oral History Archives and Special Collections, David Wilson Library. 

Researchers from the University worked in partnership with teams from De Montfort University, Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre and Cuttlefish Multimedia Ltd. to deliver a range of apps, a print exhibition, creative writing commissions, and the Hidden Stories book.

The evening will feature live readings by the writers themselves, and a sound-enhanced film, preceded by a welcome drinks reception.

The project is led by Dr. Ming Lim from the School of Management.

Enquiries can be made to her: m.lim@leicester.ac.uk or Sarah Vallance: sarah.vallance@phoenix.org.uk