Infographicized instantly by Tim Cresswell, cartoonist in residence at the South Bank; illuminated by if:book's own artist in residence Ruth Franklin; with fascinating workshops on transmedia and ARGs, social networking, print on demand, video, digital art, book making and collaborative writing; a debate on the Power of Local with Shreela Ghosh, Wes Brown of NAWE and TheCadaverine.com, George Palmer of Apples & Snakes and the Transition Town movement, and featuring the brilliant Andrea Levy on the library she has written all the first drafts of her novels in, THE AMPLIFIED AUTHOR IN THE LOCAL UNLIBRARY was a thoroughly stimulating event. We'll be posting more from it here
On Monday at the Free Word Centre I met up with Sue Davis, the digital storyteller I first met on the Sunshine Coast of Australia this May when I was invited to advise on the NeoGeography project there. Performance poet Francesca Beard and Sarah Ellis of Apples & Snakes were two of those who came to meet her for what turned out to be an inspiring meeting for all involved.
Sue's collaborators include Leah Barclay, composer, and Judy Barrass, maker of artists books, some made in her studio, some made in Second Life (where she was neighbour of journalist Vic Keegan, another participant in Tuesday's event).
The NeoGeo project is focused on Cooroy Library, newly built with high-speed broadband and pods for creative teams to work in. It's a remarkable collaboration between a diverse group of makers, all highly experienced in their fields, and an inspiring example of collaborative creativity built on a digital framework.
Take a look at some of the results BY CLICKING HERE.