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New Worlds: Digital Storytelling
Saturday, May 24 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Cornelia Funke, Kavita Bedford, Inua Ellams, Connor Tomas O’Brien, Neil James (facilitator)
Publishing isn’t what it used to be. For our panellists, the digital revolution has truly enriched the possibilities of writing and connecting to an audience. Cornelia Funke, renowned author of the Inkheart and MirrorWorld series has moved into app development. Digital producer Kavita Bedford has created Mapping Frictions as a digital storytelling project. Melbourne-based writer Connor Tomas O’Brien has directed a writers’ festival that took place solely online. Poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams is an avid Twitter user even teaching poetry workshops via the online platform. They talk to Neil James about how the digital world has benefited their writing.
Supported by The Plain English Foundation.
Neil James (Australian)
Dr Neil James is the Executive Director of the Plain English Foundation, which has helped over 100 organisations improve their written communication. He has published more than 75 articles, reviews and essays on literature and language, and edited books on Australian literature and the poet C J Dennis. His most recent books Writing at Work and Modern Manglish skewer the worst excesses of our public language and make the case for reform of professional writing and public rhetoric. plainenglishfoundation.com
Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright and performer. He has eight published books of poetry and his plays include 13 Fairy Negro Tales and his first play The 14th Tale - a one-man show which he performed -, was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival. His third play, Black T-Shirt Collection ran at the National Theatre in 2012. He is working on a new play, Barber Shop Chronicles, a new pamphlet and his first poetry collection.
Cornelia Funke started as a children’s book illustrator, but started writing when she discovered that telling her own stories was more fun than illustrating other people’s. Cornelia is the internationally best-selling and award-winning author of the Inkheart fantasy trilogy, as well as more than 40 other books. The Inkheart trilogy was named by the US National Education Association as one of the 100 best books for children. Her most recent books, Reckless and Fearless, are for older children and teenagers. A native of Germany, she lives in Los Angeles with her family and a crazy dog named Luna. corneliafunke.com
Kavita Bedford is the producer of Mapping Frictions digital storytelling project and an award-winning Australian writer. She has a background working in online Journalism, anthropology and publishing. She is the recipient of the Westwords Under 30 Western Sydney Writers’ Fellowship developing a series of literary non-fiction essays on place. In 2014, she was selected for Mexico’s Under the Volcano's Writing Residency. She has worked for the World Bank's Justice for the Poor team, Currency Press Publishers and as a guest lecturer in Anthropology of Development at Macquarie University. westwords.com.au mappingfrictions.com
Connor Tomas O’Brien is the Director of the Digital Writers' Festival, a new initiative from the Emerging Writers' Festival in Melbourne. Connor is currently completing a Creative Writing PhD at The University of Adelaide examining the role of technology in contemporary literary fiction. He has written for Kill Your Darlings, Going Down Swinging, and Collect Magazine, and has worked on digital publishing projects for Momentum, Sleepers Publishing, Seizure, and Little Brown. connortomas.com