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Reinventing fiction with Kate Pullinger
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
London, United Kingdom
Date: Wednesday 12 September
Timings: 6.30pm- 9.30pm
Venue: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 9GU
Maximum attendees: 100
Price: £39 (inclusive of VAT and booking fees)
What happens when you put text on a screen? What do the current transformations in reading, writing, and publishing, mean to us as readers, writers, and artists?
The new technologies allow us to create stories that mix media with text, stories that utilize the vast potential that the new technologies give us for creating hybrid forms, and stories that find new ways to connect with readers.
Showcasing a mix of new approaches, this is an exceptional opportunity to spend an evening with writers who operate at the cutting edge of where fiction meets new technology.
This event will consist of a series of three x presentations and a discussion and Q&A with guest speak Tim Wright.
Tutor and speaker biographies
Kate Pullinger writes for both print and digital platforms. In 2009 her novel The Mistress of Nothing won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes.
Other current projects include a libretto based on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey, commissioned by the Slovak National Theatre in collaboration with the composer Lubica Cekovska to premiere in Bratislava in 2013. Recent projects include working with digital artist James Coupe on Surveillance Suite, a project that generates stories using facial recognition software.
Kate Pullinger was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and went to high school on Vancouver Island. She dropped out of McGill University, Montreal, after a year and a half of not studying philosophy and literature, then spent a year working in a copper mine in the Yukon, northern Canada, where she crushed rocks and saved money. She spent that money travelling and ended up in London, England, where she has been ever since. She is married and has two children.
Tim Wright is a digital writer, a crossplatform producer and a director of XPT Ltd.
His writing credits include two BAFTA-winning interactive projects: the comedy self help disk 'Mind Gym' and web & email drama 'Online Caroline'. He also co-developed, devised and scripted the BAFTA nominated science-learning Web drama ‘Planet Jemma’ and BAFTA nominated online holiday farce ‘Mount Kristos’.
He was the lead writer of the RSC's recent Twitter drama 'Such Tweet Sorrow' - and in 2009 he completed ‘Kidmapped!’, an experiment in literary blogumentary, involving a 240-mile walk across Scotland and the use of geolocation and mobile media tools.
Tim has consulted and written for many high profile cross media projects in the entertainment industry (BBC Castaway Remote Control, Penguin’s Malice Box Quest, Channel 4 Lost Generation) and also in the education and public information sectors (Creative Partnerships StorySpinner KS2&3 English project, English Heritage Belsay Hall Interactive.)
Tim speaks regularly at industry events & workshops. He has been a producer-in-residence at Bournemouth University Media School and is currently a Visiting Fellow. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Central for Cultural Policy Studies at Warwick University.
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Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.
Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.
Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.
The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.