Dundee Libraries’ Creative Writing Lab launched a new zine of short stories, ‘Patchwork Memories’, at Central Library as part of National Short Story Week. The eight writers in the group have been working with Library staff over several months to produce the publication.
The theme of the collection is ‘memory’ and was chosen to celebrate Dundee’s Dementia Library, the first to be situated in a public library in Scotland. The space is dedicated to the many people living with dementia in the city. Members of the public can access relevant information and books, as well as borrow reminiscence material to help stimulate memories.
Dundee Libraries Creative Writing Lab formed during the Library Festival in 2012. Since then, they have met once a month in Central Library to discuss ideas and share writing. This is the first year, they have put the group’s writing into print.
Anna Stewart, Library and Information Assistant said
“Having worked with the group for a number of years, it has been encouraging to see how dedicated the writers are to improving their craft, and how much they’ve learned from one another. They’ve worked on their stories for many months, always listening to the valuable feedback they’ve received from other members, and with open minds they’ve considered and revised their work to produce this short story zine. Their stories, mostly fictional, but inspired by the subconscious and shared experience of memory will help to highlight the wonderful resources we have available in the Dementia Library.”
Free copies of ‘Patchwork Memories’ –stories by Dundee Libraries Creative Writing Lab are available to pick up at any of the 14 public libraries across the city.
National Short Story Week runs November 14-20, 2016 www.nationalshortstoryweek.org.uk