Plymouth Anthology of Young People's Writing

The University is proud to be supporting the young people's anthology of writing for three years to 2020

Rope and map – Plymouth Anthology of Young People's Writing 2018
Ship – Plymouth Anthology of Young People's Writing 2018
Compass – Plymouth Anthology of Young People's Writing 2018
As part of our commitment to the city's Mayflower 400 commemorations, the University is proud to be supporting the young people's anthology of writing for the three years to 2020.
A different Mayflower-based theme each year, to be interpreted as widely as entrants wish, will produce a beautiful collection of poetry, prose and stories to celebrate this grand anniversary. 
University of Plymouth students and academics are central to the project from start to finish, with BA (Hons) English with Publishing students delivering creative writing workshops in schools, an MA Publishing student project managing each edition right through to production, with the support of an editorial board.
The work of Dr Kathryn Napier Gray, Associate Professor in Early American Literature has underpinned and informed the whole project. Kathryn’s guidance even steered the performance given by storyteller Katy Cawkwell, who brought the Mayflower story to life at this year’s launch event through a dramatic reading. 
Each year the students will help to shortlist entries for the panel and select those to be included in the anthology. BA (Hons) Illustration and BA (Hons) Fine Art students will then creatively enhance the selected pieces, while the University of Plymouth Press, guided by Paul Honeywill, will carefully craft the editorial and publishing elements to produce the final piece.
Our participating students were also part of the launch event, showcasing the role they each had in creating this year's Anthology alongside all the wonderful contributors from local schools and the community.

Third anthology: Learning the Land 

The theme for the third book is 'Learning the Land'. 
Following the success of the last two anthologies, if you're under 19 years of age and would like the chance to become a published author in this fantastic collection of poetry, prose and stories, find out more about Learning the Land .

Second anthology: Beyond the Horizon 

The theme for the second book was 'Beyond the Horizon', which explored the onward transatlantic journey up to first contact with Native Americans.
Beyond the Horizon hero image
Mayflower anthology cover, The Journey Begins

First anthology: The Journey Begins

The young authors of Plymouth received their own copy of The Journey Begins in May 2018 at a launch event at Plymouth Guildhall.
The 100 page book, containing excerpts from over 80 selected submissions, from 18 local schools, explores the authors interpretations of the theme alongside bespoke illustrations and photography from the Barbican in Plymouth.
As part of the University's wider commitment to the Mayflower 400 commemorations 
The writing anthology project is one part of a wider commitment the University has to the upcoming Mayflower commemorations.
Our academics and students from varied disciplines across the University are engaging in inspiring projects, including the Mayflower Autonomous Ship and the annual Illuminate Festival of Light.
Illuminate and Thanksgiving - Mayflower 400