Rumours of My Death was a project that matched a forgotten work from Australia’s public domain with a contemporary writer. The writer was charged with creating a literary remix, using the source material to create a new work in a variety of modern formats.
A [[Non]] Guardian Age was written by Mez Breeze and based on The Guardian, an 1838 novel by Anna Maria Bunn.
Shortlisted for the 2016 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, A [[Non]] Guardian Age is a web-based book created using mixed media, it mashes prose with poetry and code while it ‘refashions’ Bunn’s original prose, passing commentary as it goes: on time, on the country, and on the original work itself.
—From Chapter One
Since 1995, Mez Breeze’s award-winning digital writing/games have been influential in shaping interactive genres and held in Collections at The World Bank and National Library of Australia. Mez runs @MezBreezeDesign, is a Senior Research Affiliate with The Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab and a 2014 New Media Writing Prize Judge.
Anna Maria Bunn (1808–1889) was the anonymous author of The Guardian: a Tale (by an Australian) (1838), the first novel published on mainland Australia. Bunn’s authorship was established after an historian found a copy of the book in which her son had noted his mother’s authorship.