Are you ready to Write the City? Future Way is public installation art project seeking to engage the community of Bristol in Redcliffe’s redevelopment through a playful and exciting exploration of the area.
Working with The Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Forum in collaboration with published authors, budding writers, artists, architects and community groups, Future Way reveals a series of virtual fictions which immerse the reader between worlds and creatively challenges the way we view our city.
“The Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Forum is a community group whose mission is to re-imagine and re-make Bristol’s Redcliffe Way.” Redcliffe Forum
Stories are “tagged” to locations within Redcliffe forming a series of fictional trails to be followed through the physical city. These tags can be scanned via QR codes, and accessed via a password located on the tag. Follow the Future Way Map to discover locations.
Future Way stories have been selected through a month long competition with winning entries by four hugely talented local authors: Angela Brooks, Grace Palmer, David J Rodger and Judy Darley.
The installation will be launched at 1pm on Friday 1st May outside the North Entrance of St Mary Redcliffe Parish Church and will be running indefinitely over the bank holiday weekend and into the coming months.
So explore, play and enjoy as you discover a new magic to Redcliffe and unlock its hidden futures. What does your future Redcliffe hold?
For more information on Future Way visit www.bristolstorytrail.wordpress.com/redcliffe-future-way/ and follow on Twitter @DoaSLiveFiction
Over the last few months I’ve been writing stories for How the Light Gets In – a live storytelling installation commissioned for Light Night Leeds 2014. I’m writing about it on Short Stops, not only because I’d love you to come, but because, if you’re a writer who believes you have everything to do with the page and nothing to do with the stage, I challenge you to challenge yourself and try it!
Before this, writing was something I mainly did hunched over a desk, or squashed between strange elbows on the train or, if I got lucky, a coffee shop. It is still mostly these things however, the stories for How the Light Gets In have been shaped, directly and indirectly, by the creative writing workshops I’ve been running as part of my commission – and even a series of twitter call-outs. Throwing out my ideas to enthusiastic people of all kinds was a challenging, enjoyable and inspiring experience; I left every workshop feeling emboldened to dig that bit deeper in my work.
Working with actors has also been a new and refreshing experience: playwrights among you will I’m sure know the spine-tingly feeling of seeing your words brought to life in someone else’s body – and transformed into something altogether different from what you had imagined. Equally, you’ll know how badly you want to close your ears and eyes when a certain sentence or idea simply does not work.
If you’re in or around Leeds on Friday October 3, I’d love for you to come and see my first foray into theatre/live art/installation/why we have to give everything a label I don’t know. If you’re not, please take a look at some preview stories here and keep up to date with the project here. Or if you have any thoughts or feelings on how the light gets in – tweet them to me @claresitafisher or get in touch.