A Literary Coup: Ark takes over a London library on 23rd April

Who stages a literary coup in a library? And what’s Calvino got to do with it?

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Ark is launching an exciting new series of immersive, themed short story performances in libraries, involving curated film, dance, sound and interactive book art. We begin by taking over Primrose Hill Community Library on Thursday 23rd April at 7:30pm with ‘A Literary Coup’: a libraries-themed performance in celebration of World Book Night.

[Insert diarising pause.]

It will include newly-commissioned stories from the brilliant Nikesh Shukla, Hannah Silva and Sarah Grochala, and performances of classic short stories by Calvino, Borges and Walter R. Brooks by actors Susanna Hislop, Charlie Partridge and Maeve Leahy, integrated with newly-commissioned film, live music and sound.

There will be street and contemporary dance from Michelle Bailey and interactive book art by Chloe Spicer – expect the chance to write an edible book and exchange a book hat. You’ll also walk away with a surprise, hand-wrapped book as a gift, just for being a part of it.

One health warning: possible imagination overload. But there will be wine!

Take a quick click trip to the Ark website for more information.

Tickets just released – only £6 (£5 concessions): BUY TICKETS HERE

Please tweet about it: @arkshortstories #literarycoup Do drop us a line or tell us a story: arkshortstories@gmail.com And we’d love you to like us on Facebook too. Hope to see you soon!

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Bristol Story Trail Needs Writers!

Calling all doodlers, ponderers, writers, poets and dreamers!

Get ready for the Bristol Story Trail (starting 15th Feb 2015) brought to you by Dream of a Shadow, an online project bridging the gap between reality and fantasy through storytelling.

Dream of a Shadow is collaborating with published authors and budding writers in Bristol to map the city through the magic of storytelling in an event running alongside Bristol Storyfest 2015.

The more creative minds, the better. So we are currently looking for short story submissions from you – these can be as little as 50 words, or up to 1000 and should be based in Bristol (loosely in the area around Spike Island).

So take a moment and get involved in writing the city!

All stories submitted will be included in the Bristol Story Trail alongside several other writers as well as in exhibitions later in the year, with any contributors fully credited and promoted. For more information, or to email your submissions contact livingfictionbristol@gmail.com

Don’t have time to contribute? No worries – you can still get involved and discover the city of Bristol through some wonderful short works of fiction! Follow us on Twitter to find out how, and spread the word… @DoaSLiveFiction #BristolStoryTrail #WritingTheCity and keep an eye out for new stories on the Bristol Story Trail website

 

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On The Same Page campaign launches

In a follow-up from my post in December about the On The Same Page app template (a simple, elegant design for publishing text/image collaborations digitally), I’m excited to announce that the two.5  crowdfunding campaign is now live.

We’re trying to raise £2,975 to cover the final production costs for the app template. As I type this we’re 10 days into the campaign and have already raised 68% of our goal. Any contribution – however large or small – will help us towards making that 100%.

In return for contributions we’ve put together some perks which might be of interest to ShortStops enthusiasts. They range from professionally recorded audio stories to editorial feedback on a short story/novel extract of up to 5,000 words. Also up for grabs are invitations to be a beta-tester for the app, postcard sets, portrait photoshoots in New York, and exclusive creative commissions. Perhaps the perk I’m most proud of is our Software Files.

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For a donation of £300 (or above…) you’ll receive a licensed copy of our software files for On The Same Page, allowing you to publish your creative work as an app. Your license allows you unlimited use of the files, so you can use it for as many of your personal projects as you wish, and contributors will receive free upgrades for life as we continue to develop the template in the future.

If you’re reading this and thinking ‘actually, what I’d find really useful in exchange for a contribution would be [XYZ]’ then email us – viccyandsamantha@gmail.com – and Samantha and I will see if it’s feasible for us to tailor-make you a perk of your choice. We’re also available for interviews, and generally keen to get in touch with other digital collaboration enthusiasts to swap trade-secrets and find out what other people are up to.

Coming soon – On The Same Page App

Hi there short story fans. My name is Viccy Adams and I’m the UK half of an interdisciplinary collaboration called two.5 (with an USA-based photographic media artist, Samantha Silver). I write stories and Samantha takes pictures, and by working together we hope to share and extend our skills. Due to the different time-zone/geographic location, it also forces us to use digital studio techniques to co-create work, keeping us teetering outside of our comfort zones.

As part of that, we’ve designed an app to display our collaborative work with an equal visual weight being given to the images and the text. We’re launching a crowdfunding campaign for the final production costs in February 2014, so this blog post is a bit of pre-promotion for that but it’s mainly to start a conversation with other short story writers who use images as part of their creative practice or as part of a collaboration, and to find out how you’ve ended up sharing the final product.

So, here’s a little background on what we came up with:

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An innovative way of displaying text/image digitally, On The Same Page is a custom-designed app template from the transatlantic, cross-platform creative collaboration, two.5, built by digital design studio ADQ.

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The software acts as a template for creating an HTML-based web app for iPad/iPhone. The design keeps both the image and the text on the screen at all times. It’s a clean, stripped back way of creating a curated digital setting for displaying written & visual work together.

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Samantha and I came up with the design when looking for a way to digitally exhibit our current project, Dirty Laundry. Dirty Laundry consists of twelve sets of photo triptychs and short stories. If you’d like to learn more about our process and our projects, check out the two.5 blog. And if you’re interested in using On The Same Page to publish your own work as an app, then you’re in luck: we’ll be gifting copies of the software files (& PDF guide on how to use them!) as part of the perks for our crowdfunding campaign, launching in early February 2014.

How do you display your text/image creative work- Print? Blog? E-zine? Are you picky about layout or happy to hand that over to a designer? Do you have any gorgeous examples of text being displayed as a readable visual image, like the posters from Spineless Classics?