If you checked Wikipedia to find your answer you might say that it is the 132nd day of the year (except in a leap year when it becomes the 133rd day) or Edward Lear’s birthday. You might tell me that it is International Nurses’ Day or, raising a lace hankie to your eye, inform me that it is the date on which Perry Como died. If Wikipedia is to be believed, you would be correct on every point.
There is a small group of people in Hampshire who would not need to go to the internet to check the significance of 12 May. It is emblazoned across our minds in a fiery, fifty foot high font. We are students on the MA Writing for Children and MA Creative & Critical Writing courses at the University of Winchester and 12 May is the day we launch Litmus 2015, an anthology of our writing, into the world.
The last few months have seen us writing, revising, critiquing, re-writing, editing, tweeting, blogging and planning for this day. That is, when we’ve not been writing, revising, critiquing, re-writing and editing academic and creative pieces for various assignments. We take our writing seriously. We are proud of our work and we want to share it with some very important people – readers.
We have invited a host of people to come and join us for our launch party. Invitations have been emailed to agents and editors, bloggers and journalists and we are excited (and a little daunted) that many of them have agreed to come along. We hope that some of the very generous people who have come to speak to us, or written guest blog posts will also join our celebration. Because that is what it is going to be – a celebration of our writing, imagination and enthusiasm. I know it’s going to be a celebration because there will be drinks and cake and a couple of short speeches.
If you are an agent, editor, blogger or journalist who somehow slipped off our invitation list and would like to come to Winchester for cake, readings, and your own copy of Litmus 2015, please let us know. You can comment below, tweet your interest on @litmus2015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.