3 smartphone writing initiatives win incubator funds

Creative writing incubator Paper Nations, led through Bath Spa University’s TRACE Centre (The Research Centre for Transcultural Creativity and Education), has awarded three finances of up to £five,000 to creative writing-based totally initiatives for smartphones. Novelist Lucy Christopher, shortlisted for the Costa for youngsters’ e-book Flyaway (Chicken House), is teaming up with technologist Rajiv Edward for the project “The Fog” to create a fictionalized town of Bath, using geolocation and other smartphone sensors.

Also receiving funding is theatre-maker and video games dressmaker Melanie Frances, whose challenge will take region in a futuristic international; readers will act because of the protagonist, a journalist investigating a brand new technology that claims to permit humans to look into opportunity dimensions. Finally, playwright and design studio director Lucy Telling will use e-tickets saved on smartphones to develop an interactive experience “which tells the story behind each price ticket, creating an overarching narrative anchored in the sense of the region.” Telling’s project-primarily based works include a pastime of units from The Muse through Jessie Burton (Picador) and touch technology to trigger audio extracts from the e-book.


The winners have been selected through a panel, inclusive of Hachette’s chief innovation officer Maja Thomas and poet Louisa Adjoa Parker, who commented: “The shortlisted applications had been all of excessive first-class, with a few superb, well-concept out ideas. It suggests what a pool of expertise there is in the location.”

The commissioned winners will show off their work to worldwide audiences and additionally write features for The Writing Platform, which stocks virtual expertise with writers. The commission becomes launched as a part of the Paper Nations’ Writing for All program, which pursuits to boom innovation and diversity by way of running with writers and organizations in any respect stages to put in the area the infrastructure in order to create actual change and make writing extra available to anyone.

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