I was invited to give a brief talk as part of New Writing North’s series of seminars for students at Northumbria University, addressing the question: How are digital developments disrupting traditional publishing and what new opportunities exist for writers in this sphere?
I presented three brief case studies of the following of my digital literature projects:
Ivy4evr — an interactive SMS drama for mobile phones with Blast Theory for Channel 4
Missorts — a permanent GPS-triggered soundwork for the city of Bristol produced by Situations for Bristol City Council.
Shackleton’s Man Goes South — my latest novel, published by the Science Museum, using an innovative online and on-gallery digital publishing model.
I drew out and elaborated the following lessons or opportunities: Lesson 1: Don’t make assumptions about your audience — research them. Lesson 2: Think beyond the digital object itself. Lesson 3: Don’t wait, collaborate!
Tony White, 17 March 2015