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Research project

Scoping the South: Literature Provision and the Creative Industries

Project overview

This SIAH-funded project is a collaboration between Will May (English), and Artful Scribe, a regional literature development agency covering Hampshire and Dorset.

The project will produce a regional survey of literature development opportunities in the region, creating a database of organisers, producers, and active facilitators.

The team will create case studies of good practice across the region, identify existing connections, networks, and audiences clustered across Hampshire’s towns, cities and village, and identify cold spots in existing provision.

Will said: ‘research and development work is vital to help local creative organisations grow their capacity and support a rage of communities in our region’. The scoping process and completed report will also help the new institute develop its understanding of the local creative economy, supporting Southampton’s preparations for the City of Culture 2025 bid


Lead researcher

Professor Will May

Professor in Modern & Contemporary Lit

Research interests

  • modern and contemporary literature
  • mentoring and creative practice 
  • literary communities in modern culture 
Connect with Will

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs