Wednesday, 27 January 2016

HACK THE BOOK

I'm just back from Athens where I was a speaker at the Hack the Book weekend at the Onassis Institute, part of this:

The Europeana Space project is exploring different ways of reusing digital cultural heritage by running pilots in six thematic areas (TV, Photography, Dance, Games, Open and Hybrid Publishing and Museums).  From 22-24 January 2016, the Open and Hybrid Publishing Pilot is organising the Hack the Book Festival in Athens, Greece, inviting designers, artists, publishers, programmers, authors, poets, hackers and entrepreneurs to redefine the book as an evolving, visual and open medium. - See more at: http://openglam.org/2015/11/10/hack-the-book-festival/#sthash.lYcqtUWK.dpuf







Thanks to Theodoris, Theodora and the team for inviting me to speak at such an inspiring and positive weekend. Three of the teams get to come to London to develop their ideas further. I'm not sure if I'm at liberty to disclose more about the winning ideas, but watch this space. 

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My talk was billed as: Nearlywriting Nearlyology, and it's the first time I've used this topic as the theme for a proper, full-length lecture on digital possibilities for literature. I also showed a slide of the hamper which I've bought to put all the different elements of my novel into, in analogue form. And I also talked about my new nearlywriting practices. 

In the morning I warm up by meditating for ten minutes, then write some words in the air with my body, an exercise I learnt from the Nearlydancing workshop we ran with Jia Yu Corti. I write for a while in my room at home (more a studio than a study now, it houses ukuleles, percussion and recording equipment as well as laptop, books, pens, paints, scissors and paper for cutting and sticking…) before walking into town with my laptop where I go to a cafe or the local library and write some more. Later I drift through the streets, seeing the world through Carraday's strange eyes, and imagine the story told by a tour guide wandering around the places my characters inhabit... Whether some of this ends up creating a book, or a song or a blog post or nothing much, it is all Nearlywriting.
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