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26 November 2013

Interactive Narratives @ British Library

Earlier this month the British Library hosted the second public event in our Digital Conversations Series. Run by the Digital Research team this series aims to bring together diverse panels to speak around, with help from the general public, a particular topic or controversy related to Digital Scholarship in the broadest sense.

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Photograph by Stella Wisdom. No known copyright restrictions.

On this occasion, the topic was Interactive Narratives and our panel - consisting of the author Iain Pears, the writer/designer Rob Sherman, and, from the academic community, Andrew Burn and Joanne Shattock - kicked off a lively discussion on the past, present and future of interactive stories and storytelling. Topics that came up included:

  • Reader choice as both a problem and an enabler.
  • Fragmenting and re-organising narratives.
  • Physical/digital worlds as story-telling devices.
  • Reading experience as non-author intentioned interactivity.
  • Pre-digital interactivity.

Our thanks go out to all the speakers and to the (sell-out!) crowd. For those who were unable to make it and want to know more, a recording from the event is now available as a podcast.

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The event in full swing. Photograph by Stella Wisdom. No known copyright restrictions.

The third event in the series will take place on 27 February 2014, and is provisionally entitled "Data Visualisation: is ugly the new smart?". Full details will be announced shortly.

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