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Literacies for Life in the City of Culture

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This pilot project has established Coventry Community Writing Centre, focused on ‘real-life writing’ in the city.

The writing centre offers free of charge support and feedback on practical writing tasks required for economic and social success. The centre was located in Coventry’s Central Library and opened on Tuesday afternoons in summer 2020.

The project is also collecting examples of official writing—such as formal letters—that people have received, and recording experiences of these writings being unclear or problematic.

The research team will analyse these documents, along with people’s experiences of writing, to understand the linguistic and communicative landscape of real-life writing in Coventry.

Through the project, researchers hope to instigate new writing practices, leading to a more just and inclusive linguistic and communicative landscape.

The project is run by Christopher Strelluf (Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick) and Catalina Neculai (Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University) are working on the project with Coventry Libraries.

For further information, please contact Christopher Strelluf.