Press release - My Europe
MY EUROPE - AN ANTHOLOGY EDITED BY ANNA JOHNSON
Format: 216 x 140 mm paperback 166pp ISBN: 9781999703004 Price: £9.00 Publication date: 23 March 2018
A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS, POEMS, SHORT STORIES AND PERSONAL HISTORIES WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ANNA JOHNSON
This diverse and varied anthology includes contributions by Canon Giles Frazer, Helena Kennedy QC, Lemn Sissay, George Szirtes and Stephen Timms MP. MY EUROPE is one attempt to get the story straight, to explore the idea and the reality of Europe and our place in it, through a variety of sources – expert scrutiny, fiction, poetry, drama and personal testimony.
TOPICAL, POLITICAL, PERSONAL
A topical subject with a different approach which is wide-reaching and not too dry. Those interested to find out more about Europe, the EU, Brexit, languages and politics will find it a rewarding read with some serious and not so serious contributions.
6.30 pm Friday 2nd March Wivenhoe Bookshop as part of the Essex Book Festival
6.00 pm Thursday 8th March University of Westminster hosted by Contemporary Small Press
2.30pm Sunday 11th March, Firstsite Colchester - Panel discussion on Europe and the Arts
CHARITABLE DONATIONS Donations will be made to Europaeum in Oxford and Luden in Brussels.
MY EUROPE is our second anthology. The well-received REFUGEES and PEACEKEEPERS anthology was our first with donations to Help Refugees and other charities. We are already planning the third - TEMPEST - about our current political uncertainties with donations to Amnesty International.
“Nations, like families, must speak the truth to each other – even, or perhaps especially, if that truth is hard to hear. We need experts, but we need more. To understand our feelings about who we are, we need stories and poetry too. Although we need them, facts are not enough. This book offers new insights on which we can draw as we painfully work out our future on the edges of Europe.”
Tamara Hervey, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, The University of Sheffield
“Never has the tidal shift of personal context, belonging and collective identity been so prescient, yet so challenged. As our days darken and twist, this beautiful collection, on an ever-changing Europe, is framed meaningfully with the syntax and empathy that Patrician Press stands for.”
Ian Shaw, musician, writer, broadcaster and campaigner for refugee rights.
“The European project has become a contested terrain. It is not just because of Brexit. The lack of connection between EU citizens and the institutions that they pay for lies at the heart of the problem. This collection of is a good reflection of the divergence of opinion amongst those who are passionate about the project and those who are simply unsure or opposed. What “My Europe” does is to highlight the importance for each and every one of us to take a stance. The stakes are too high for the future of the Europe discussion to be left simply as a dialogue between the usual suspects. This anthology brings together politicians alongside academics and poets to provide a rich contribution to what will be one of the defining issues of the next decade.”
Dr. Haroon Saad, Director, Local Urban Development European Network
“Many thanks for giving us a finely judged anthology. We may not be able to stop the barbarians burning down the Village Pig Sty on the pretence of giving us an endless supply of roast pork but we still need to inspire hope and express solidarity.”
James Murray, Library Group, Suffolk