There was a celebratory launch event at the Forum on Streatham Campus

Annual Fund supports Riptide Publication

Riptide has launched its tenth volume of creative writing, this time exploring the theme of “Imagining the Suburbs.”

The new issue was celebrated at a launch event at the Forum on the Streatham campus, with live music and readings from the issue. This volume explores the suburbs with contributions from students, alumni, aspiring writers and professionals all around the globe. In the foreword, Michael Rosen describes the publication as a challenge to the archetypal image of the suburbs as “one culture, one class, one type of house;” it explores the underappreciated nuances of suburbia.

As well as previous volumes, Riptide publishes bi-monthly collections of poems, short stories and life writings that revolve around dedicated themes. Some of the themes they have covered in previous issues range from childhood to the county of Devon.

It was set up by graduates Dr Ginny Baily and Dr Sally Flint after they met on Exeter’s Creative Writing MA. They work with a number of students behind the scenes to produce the materials.

Thanks to support from the Annual Fund these students were given the opportunity to explore what it’s like to be involved in a professional publication. Their tasks included managing submissions, selecting pieces, proofreading, marketing and organising the launch event, giving them a rare insight into the industry.

Visit the Riptide website for more information about their publications or to contribute to an upcoming issue.

Date: 9 July 2014

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