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We introduce The Pluralist: Openings and Closings, the first issue of the 2019/20 academic year. As beginnings, or the illusion of beginnings, intersect with the calendar year drawing to a close, we wanted to pause think about the strange spaces of possibility which they open up.

As new editors, we also wanted to think about what Pluralism could mean in terms of publications. Drawing on the statement “Pluralism is the view that there is no one correct logic, or alternatively, that there is more than one correct logic”, our issue themes will continue to be a pairing of ideas or concepts which have some tension or opposition within them.
This issue of The Pluralist hosts a range of writing and visual contributions from an essay on the bodily effects of learning a new language, to poetry about the hallucinatory sensations of dreaming doors, to collages about yearning for home – the contributions in this issue consider with the way we often render on our own narratives as a series of openings and closings.

There’s much here we’re really excited about, not least a series of features we hope to develop over the next five issues, including a focus on sustainable art practices within the Royal College of Art. Eilis Searson will continue as design editor, exploring the themes of each issue with her approach to the design and format of the publication. Second year MA Writing students Harriet Welch and Lucy Holt are new content editors.

The next issue of The Pluralist will will have the theme of Self/Other – we’re especially excited to see more visual contributions, as well as submissions from bilingual texts and experimental writing across languages. Any questions – drop us an email at

We look forward to hearing from you,
Harri, Lucy, Eilis

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