Every Friday, we’re going to show writers conducting interesting experiments in digital, or interesting collective projects, to inspire over the weekend.

1.This week – and quite close to Wales – we’re kicking off with Kate Pullinger, Professor of Creative Writing at Bath University’s project flight paths, described as a ‘networked story’. This has developed into a novel, Landing Gear, which comes out end of this month here, as an e-book.

For writers with a backlist reading this, Prof Pullinger has just converted her backlist into e-books, which she usefully describes.

There is lot of exciting work going on at Bath Spa in Creative Writing. We’re watching their space.

2. The twitter stream of Arjun Basu from Montreal, contains perfect less-than-140 character-stories like this one:

Arjun Basu ‏@arjunbasu Apr 9

It was a new car and she was pushing it hard. The thing purred. Do you feel it? she asked. Whatever she was referring to, my answer was yes.

3. Podcasting seems to be all the rage currently and this is a fun project, out of the USA:

‘WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.’

Commonplace Books, indie publishers who produce this, have created a lovely cross-platform fiction here, with live performances and merchandising to go with it. A fine example of how the web can grow creativity…


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