Saraband to distribute exciting new essay collection from The Voyage Out Press – Imagined Spaces

Posted on November 19, 2020

From September we will be working with The Voyage Out Press, Dundee, to distribute their books. The first release in this partnership will be Imagined Spaces, edited by Kirsty Gunn and Gail Low.

Our everyday senses supply only a small fraction of what we actually perceive – the rest is filled in by what we think we already know, or have learnt from newspapers and magazines, and other media. So how much of our experience is really thought about, felt and reflected upon? This ground-breaking anthology asks us to consider the space between the known and the unknown, between fact and the imagination, between the external and the internal. In words and images that explore our environment and culture, that reflect on literary and artistic creation, mortality, mental wellness, home and belonging, Imagined Spaces returns the essay to its original activity of having a go, trying and weighing something out, taking a risk.

In a celebration of the essay form Imagined Spaces shows us how imaginative writing might enable us to think about a variety of contemporary issues including education, mental illness, literature and reading, art practice, mortality, life writing, home and the family and the built environment in ways that are expansive rather than restrictive. Join us in the space that follows and be part of an adventure essaying into the unknown…


Who are The Voyage Out Press?

 The Voyage Out Press is an independent press run by Kirsty Gunn and Gail Low. Their aim is to showcase creative thinking in new and creative ways. Imagined Spaces is their fourth publication. Previous books include work by Robert Macfarlane, Dame Professor Sue Black and Brian Cox as well as a range of poets, novelists and performers. Kirsty Gunn is a multi-award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist and Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee. Gail Low is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Writing and Publishing, also at the University of Dundee.


Imagined Spaces is out on 26 November 2020.

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