Mobile Stories: New Kinds of Fiction?

Brompton Cemetery

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The influence of mobile phones and tablets on how we interact with the world and with each other

Smartphones have become our constant companions. How are they changing not only how we talk about stories, but also the sorts of stories we can tell?

What if the ghost story you're reading on your mobile phone knows not only where you are, through its GPS, but also monitors your heartbeat through the fitness device you're wearing on your wrist? What if it can interact with your smart home to turn the heating down as you read, so you that you slowly start to feel a chill, and then flashes the lights on and off at just the moment when your heartbeat reaches a certain level?
Alastair Horne will discuss the possibilities and implications of these new kinds of stories. He will also share some work in progress from his current creative project. Set in Brompton Cemetery in London, it allows participants to eavesdrop on the thoughts and conversations of the cemetery’s permanent residents, including a scientist who invented remote-controlled missiles during the first world war, and a mysterious society lady whose long-locked tomb is rumoured to be a time machine. 
Alastair Horne is a collaborative doctoral student based at the British Library and Bath Spa University. He previously worked in digital publishing for more than a decade.

Image: Brompton Cemetery, London


Name: Mobile Stories: New Kinds of Fiction?
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £5.00
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