New creative work inspired by Alan Turing

I'm delighted to announce that the Take Tea With Turing interactive digital anthology is newly available as a free download for android devices (smartphone & tablet), thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of one of the contributors, Christos Christodouloupoulos. The anthology brings together digital music, video, audio and text inspired by the life and [...]

update: Take Tea With Turing

Exciting news- we have a date for the launch of Take Tea With Turing: an anthology of creative work inspired by the life and legacy of Alan Turing. The launch will be on Friday 23 November, at Inspace in Edinburgh. Further details to follow. Details of the contributors to the anthology are now up online, along with [...]

Informatics: unexpected opera

The sun is back in Edinburgh; today I enjoyed some unexplained opera singing from the BBC garden outside the office window. Then I met science fiction writer Hannu Rajaniemi for a cuppa and a chat about how stories-within-stories can be compared to mathematics. Hannu (along with Samuel Halliday) has just been awarded an Alt-w production [...]

Informatics: compiling snippets

Yesterday I came in to catch up on some work and to see how the Forum feels on a Sunday, out of term time. the answer was quiet, but not empty or dark at any point. There were only a few offices with people visible in them, but I still heard the lift announcing that [...]

Informatics: drums, drums in the deep…

Drum soundchecks on the BBC stage outside the office window. One of my office-mates almost gave me a heartattack- I was deep in the middle of writing, with Fat Boy Slim blaring out of my headphone when she tapped me on the shoulder to ask if I minded if she shut the window. Don’t think [...]

Informatics: writing traditions

Continuing with yesterday’s newly minted tradition, this morning I met with Pippa Goldschmidt, who has been writer-in-residence at the Genomics Forum for the last four years. Over tea on the roof garden (lucky with the sunshine again) we talked about science, scientists and writing, and how the term ‘writer-in-residence’ covers about as broad a spectrum [...]

Informatics: nursing thoughts

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting up with Nicola White, who found me through this blog when googling to see what other Leverhulme Artists in Residence have been up to. Nicola started as the Leverhulme Trust writer in residence at the school of Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh in March. She came across [...]

Informatics: Creative Writing Research

Would you like to have a go at an engaging online creative writing exercise, while possibly making a contribution to research in writing tools development? The School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, is conducting an online experiment investigating the use of cutting edge computer speech on the creative writing process. All you need is a computer connected to the internet. Just visit [...]

Informatics: Take Tea With Turing call for submissions

Alan Turing is considered by many to be the father of modern computing; the ‘Turing Test’ is still used as a marker for comparing machine and human intelligence. Turing’s work in mathematics, logic, cryptography, morphogenesis and computer science continues to inform contemporary research in these fields. However, Turing was also prosecuted for being homosexual, underwent chemical castration, [...]