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Digital Conversations @ British Library: Games, Literature, Libraries and Learning

The British Library Digital Research Team

Thursday, 3 December 2015 from 18:00 to 20:15 (GMT)

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Digital Conversations @BL: Games, Literature, Libraries and Learning is hosted in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Playing Beowulf project, and this event will discuss how digital games are being used for artistic, entertainment and educational purposes, offering new interpretations of literary and historical archival collections.

I'm delighted that Jordan Erica Webber, a freelance journalist specialising in games, is chairing the evening and we have a wonderful panel of speakers, which include:

Jon Ingold, Creative Director at inkle, an independent narrative game company, founded in 2011 by two Cambridge game developers with a passion for storytelling and beautiful design. Their game 80 Days, inspired by Jules Verne's classic adventure novel Around the World in Eighty Days, was Time Magazine's Game of the Year in 2014.

Annabel Smyth, Community/PR Manager at 3 Turn Productions, who are creating Ever, Jane, an on-line role-playing game set in the virtual world of Regency England and the works of Jane Austen. Unlike many multi-player games, it's not about kill or be killed, but invite or be invited. Ever, Jane is currently in development and the final version is due out in 2016.

Professor Andrew Burn, Professor of Media Education, and Director of the DARE centre, UCL Institute of Education. Andrew leads the Playing Beowulf project, which is developing a game-authoring tool called MissionMaker that enables users to transform the Beowulf poem into digital games, interpreting the text into playable characters, landscapes and events.

Dr. Tomas Rawlings, Design & Production Director at Auroch Digital and its acclaimed news-gaming initiative He is a also a games consultant who has worked with major organisations such as the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society, UK Parliament and the BBC. He blogs at Tomas will talk about JtR125; a playable documentary reflecting on 125 years since Jack The Ripper terrorised London.


18.00 Drinks & Nibbles

18:15 Welcome by the Digital Research team

18.20 Panel discussion

19.30 Pause for thought and refill glasses

19.40 Open discussion

20.10 Closing remarks 

20.15 Departure

Attendance is free but demand is high and places are strictly limited.

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When & Where

The British Library (1st floor Staff Restaurant)
96 Euston Road
NW1 2DB London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 3 December 2015 from 18:00 to 20:15 (GMT)

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The British Library Digital Research Team

The Digital Research Team at the British Library is a cross-disciplinary team supporting the creation and innovative use of British Library's digital collections.

We work with those operating at the intersection of academic research, cultural heritage and technology to support new ways of exploring and accessing our collections through:

  • Getting content in digital form and online

  • Collaborative projects

  • Offering digital research support and guidance

  • Events, competitions, and awards

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Twitter: #bldigital


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