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New Writing Worlds 3: Exile and Imagination

22 - 27 June 2007

Ian RSA 07

New Writing Worlds is an annual series of international dialogues and literary projects that brings writers from around the world together to celebrate the act of writing and to debate the nature of literature across cultures.

New Writing Worlds 2007 was a six-day celebration of international writing based around a Literary Salon of acclaimed writers from the UK and other countries.

The theme was Exile and Imagination. Exile can be voluntary or enforced. Imagination can take us away from the familiar or recreate the things we know and value around us. In an age of mass movement, is exile an inevitable state for the writer? NWW 07 offered perspectives from around the world and closer to home, showcasing writers whose work sheds new light on these issues.



Sheila Hancock at the Cathedral

The five writers in residence who took part in Worlds 07 have all written work inspired by the event and it's theme:

On Living Abroad for a Brit by Geoff Dyer

Imaginary Walks in Istanbul by Gwyneth Lewis

Out of Exile by Eva Hoffman

Sisyphus by George Szirtes 

Soon to come: work by  Hari Kunzru.

Please go to our public events page for links to all the pages of the public events that took place this year.        

Find out more about the writers symposium which took place over three days here.