Love Takes Risks: The Poetics of Contemporary Small-Press Fiction

Symposium at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Saturday 2 March 2019

‘… the indefinable makes for too big a risk. And risk is where small presses come in. Small presses are created for the love of books, and love takes risks.’

– Neil Griffiths, Founder of Republic of Consciousness Prize


Thank you so much to everyone who attended and contributed to Love Takes Risks! We had a wonderful day.

If you couldn’t make it, you can now listen to audio recordings of our eleven speakers.

In 2018 the University of East Anglia (UEA), through our in-house UEA Publishing Project, became the academic sponsor of the Republic of Consciousness Prize, which celebrates achievement in small-press fiction. To mark this step in the Prize’s growth, UEA will host a symposium on Saturday 2 March 2019, bringing together a variety of papers to imagine a poetics of contemporary small-press fiction. The symposium is organised by Olivia Heal and Rosalind Brown in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

This symposium inquires into the risks, formal and political, taken both by the presses and within the pages of the literature they publish. Frequently experimental, marginal, or in translation, and resisting conventional genre distinctions, small-press fiction attests to a literary arena that subverts the codes of the mainstream. We will explore the tendencies of this arena, bringing together literary critical papers on small-press publications, papers on the wider cultural phenomenon of the small press, and papers which use small-press fiction as a lens through which to examine the contemporary literary landscape.

A plenary in the form of a conversation between chair Chris Power (Mothers), Eley Williams (Attrib., winner of RoC Prize 2018) and David Hayden (Darker with the Lights On, shortlist 2018) will follow the symposium, and the day will culminate in the announcement of the 2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize shortlist. The Republic of Consciousness Prize longlist was announced on 14 January, and we look forward to welcoming publishers and authors to UEA!

Call for papers

The call for papers has now closed, but you can still download it as a PDF for your reference.

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