I was very excited this week to hear that Recollections: 12 vignettes from Lashihai, (my digital artists book for iPad created with Samantha Silver as two.5) has been shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize.
The judge’s decision is announced on the 20th January, but public voting is now open for the People’s Choice Award: please vote for us, then pass the link on to a friend!
From the High Arctic to the Northumbrian coast, and looking back to China.
Having not been able to make it to Durham Book Festival this year, I was pleased to finally be able to see (online, via Vimeo) Stevie Ronnie’s triptych of film poems, made with filmmaker Alastair Cook, borne from Stevie’s trip to the High Arctic in 2013. ‘What I Should Have Said‘, ‘Time and the Two Year Old’s Hands‘ and ‘From Arctica‘ tell a haunting and intimate story of climate change, personal reflection and sorrowful love.
Likewise, Lisa Matthews and Melanie Ashby’s A Year In Beadnell project, celebrating the work of US marine biologist Rachel Carson transposed amidst the gorgeous Northumbrian coast is growing every more intriguing. They’re due to kick-off the winter residency in a few days: the spring (vernal), summer (estival) and Autumnal logs are already online.
It’s a year since I was in China with Samantha, in residence at Lijiang Studio. Our digital artists book for iPad, Recollections, is in the process of being prepared for a bilingual Chinese-English print edition (available early 2016, contact me for pre-order info). The latest edition of Transartists’ Antenna is a China edition, including a visual feature on Lijiang studio – Lotte visited while we were in residence, so there’s a picture of me at the lunch table with my eyes closed. My creative non-fiction e-book from the residency, There and Now: a writer’s perspective on everyday life in South West China, is now on a kindle special at a bargain price of £1.00: so that’s your Christmas sorted.
Earlier this month Samantha and I were interviewed about our first collaborative digital book, Dirty Laundry, by Les Femmes Folles,an organisation and online journal supporting and celebrating all forms, styles and levels of art.
Posting up the initial drafts made me think more deeply about my personal writing processes and how those were adapting to the constraints of the collaboration in some ways and being opened up in others.
Read the rest of the interview here.
Dirty Laundry is published as an iPad-only web app containing and interlacing of 12 sets of short stories and photographs. Open this link on your iPad to download the Dirty Laundry web app or visit the two.5 website to read more about the background/process of the project.
Woo hoo! This Sunday two.5 (myself and American photographer Samantha Silver) are launching our latest digital book, Recollections:12 vignettes from Lashihai
Together with Flavorpill, our launch event will be held between 3pm & 6pm at 594 Broadway, 12th floor, suite 1212. Full details are on our Facebook event (feel free to RSVP)
If you have an iPad, you’re encouraged to bring it to the launch. For those of you not fortunately enough to be in NY this weekend, Recollections will be available internationally to download for iPad as a free webapp from Sunday.
In a couple of weeks my creative partner Samantha Silver is coming across from the USA to work with me on our ongoing piece from our two.5 residency in China at the end of 2014.
While she’s across, we’ll be running free workshops for creative arts professionals in Newcastle (Tuesday 28 April) and London (Friday 1 May) to get some feedback on the very early stages of our digital commonplace book and to engage with some peer-learning on ways of approaching these kind of residencies and work produced from them.
If you’d like to join us, full details are up on the two.5 blog. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Dirty Laundry is an internet-based digital book containing 12 interlacing short stories and photographic triptychs, presented as a custom-designed web app for iPad. Continue reading “two.5’s digital Dirty Laundry launches today”