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Hope Tales
Introduction to Hope Tales

Hope Tales is a collaboration between the Rapid Transition Alliance, the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement at the University of Essex and the New Weather Institute, using the power of story to investigate real hope for our future.

Chapbooks were highly popular in the18th-19th centuries. A chapbook was seen as street literature and a chapman was a seller of chapbooks. They were used to publish popular or folk literature, almanacks, children’s stories, folk tales, ballads, political prospectuses, poetry and religious tracts.

Hope Tales are inner journeys as much as external, shaped by outer events that readers or listeners will recognise. Something is at stake, and we learn from it.

Each chapbook has been co-created during live evening events by a range of artists, writers and thinkers, who come together to share work around a theme. The work performed or shown on the night becomes the content for the next book. The first event was in Crystal Palace, London, the second in Wellington, Somerset, the third in Colchester, Essex, the fourth in Margate, Kent, and the fifth in Notting Hill, London.

For more, see the Rapid Transition Alliance here.

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