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Beyond the Walls 2018

“We have witnessed the construction of this anthology – now it falls to you.”

Writers have always regarded walls as a challenge to be overcome. Put a barrier in their way and they will tunnel under it, vault over it or simply blast their way straight through it.

In Beyond the Walls, creative writing students from York St John University continue this laudable tradition with a collection of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction that adroitly demolishes preconceived ideas about their so-called ‘snowflake’ generation.

Tackling global issues like war, the environment and animal cruelty as well as more intimate, human-scale subjects like grief, depression and transformation with crystalline clarity, their collective vision is unflinching, informed, aware and, ultimately, compassionate.

“With this anthology, we celebrate the achievements of this cohort of Creative Writing graduates, and of their determination and energy in creating the future. In the words of one of the writers and demolition experts included in this book, we hope that after graduation they continue to write and to live, ‘As if life was a pipe running under the Earth / And we burst it’.” — Dr Naomi Booth, Subject Director for Creative Writing


Edition: First

Date Published: 2018-03-21

ISBN: 9781912436088

Catalogue Number: VP0128

Number of Pages: 130

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

Cover illustration by Hannah Ford

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