‘The Future of Reading?’ Exhibition Launched!

Over eighty people attended the launch of ‘The Future of Reading? An Exhibition of Digital Literature‘ at Bank Street Arts on Thursday. The exhibition runs until Friday 14th November and the gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm. If you can’t make it to the gallery in person, please check out the online version of the exhibition which will remain here on our website indefinitely. Photos of the gallery exhibition and the launch will follow soon!

Our Favourite Places feature

Thanks to Kathryn Hall over at Our Favourite Places for her lovely piece on “The Future of Literature?” programme. We’re delighted to bring a bit of interactivity to Sheffield, and we hope you’ll join us at our events.

The “Introduction to Digital Fiction” is sold out, but there are still a few tickets available for the Guided Tour of the exhibition, the Creative Writing master class with Christine Wilks, and the Pop-Up Book Club.

All events are free, but we do ask that you register in advance due to space restrictions in the venues.

New date for “Introducing Digital Fiction” event

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have to move the “Introducing Digital Fiction” event in Sheffield Central Library to 21 October. The time remains the same (2.30-4pm). We apologise for any inconvenience caused to those who have previously registered.

In case you haven’t heard about it yet, here’s an introduction to the session:

If you have little or no experience with digital fiction and would like to learn more about this exciting new way of reading, come to our introductory workshop with Dr. Jen Smith. We’ll read a few stories together, and then we’ll have a chat about what makes them different from traditional printed books. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to the number of computers available.

Registration remains open–we look forward to seeing you at the Local Studies Library on the 21st of October!

Kate Pullinger event booking now open

The 2014 Off the Shelf Festival programme has been launched, and bookings are now open for all of our digital fiction events, including Kate Pullinger’s talk: Beyond the Book: Digital Fiction’. 

Kate will be speaking on 12th October from 2-3.30pm in “Showroom 5” at The Showroom (15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX).

Over the past decade, new hybrid forms of literature have begun to emerge as writers and artists experiment with digital technologies. As well as writing novels and short stories in print, Kate Pullinger has long been involved with thinking about what it means for writing to move off the page and onto screens. She’ll discuss her award-winning digital projects Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths as well as her WWI Centenary participatory project, Letter to an Unknown Soldier.

Free tickets are available from The Showroom Box Office and can be reserved in person or by calling 0114 275-7727.

Taking our show on the road

Astrid Ensslin and Jen Smith will be giving a paper titled “Exploring Methodologies for Studying Readers of Digital-born Fiction” at the “Real, Ideal, or Implied? The Reader in Stylistics” Symposium at the University of Nottingham on 24th June 2014.

We look forward to discussing the development of our methodology with real and ideal symposium delegates, and we welcome constructive feedback.

Hope to see you in Nottingham!