"All maps are blank in a sense, for while my story is mine, my map of San Francisco is also potentially yours; both can be charted on the same map, and where the past has been mapped the future may yet inscribe other adventures."
"The hugger-muggerness of life in a farmhouse before there could be such an outlandish thing as a room of one’s own required one to see without looking and to hear without listening."
Memory Maps began as a collaborative project between the Centre for Creative Writing and the Victoria and Albert Museum. All articles and related content remain available on their website.
Memory Maps is about people and their relationship with place. It is about objects that are associated with particular areas as well as prints and paintings of named locations. But most importantly it is about writing about place.
In recent years a new form of writing has emerged drawing on fiction, history, conversation and memoir. Memory Maps includes contributions in the genre from contemporary writers and includes opportunities for contributing new works.
The project began as a collaboration between the Centre for Creative Writing in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies (LiFTS) at the University of Essex and the Victoria and Albert Museum. A new website was created in 2012 to continue the project's work.
All Memory Maps articles are available online.
We welcome contributions in the spirit of Memory Maps.