What topic could be more meaningful to us as a species at this time? It affects us as individuals, as communities, and impacts all species locally and globally. Never has sustainability been more important as a concept than now, and quite probably will remain so long into the future. Never has change been so key in the survival of our collective future. The place of literature and the arts in this discussion is as vital as any scientific discovery too, as it is only through story and shared narrative that the necessary change in understanding will happen. Story, whether poetic or dramatic, is unique in that it is borne of a mind and yet has the power to transform and change the minds of others. This anthology has such stories and contains, for the first time, stories written by children alongside those written by adults. A timely reminder, one hopes, that it is an intergenerational approach that will craft a story of sustainability in which we can all believe as we strive for a positive environmental future.
The Cheshire Prize for Literature was inaugurated in 2003 as the High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature. It is administered by the University of Chester in collaboration with Storyhouse. The 2021 competition was for poetry, short fiction, children’s literature and scriptwriting inspired by sustainability and this anthology contains the entries shortlisted for the prize, including the winners and the runners-up. Details of the prize are available at www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize.
Edited by Simon E. Poole and Harry Parkin
Ella Catherine Barrett
Aurora B. Blue
Esme Alice Blue
Simon E. Poole and Harry Parkin (Editors), It Means the World to Us: Writing from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2021, 2022, ISBN 978-1-910481-18-9, £10.99.
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