Earlier this year, if:book Australia created an anthology of stories from its Memory Makes Us project. The stories were written live at festivals throughout Australia using contributions from the audience to inspire Kate Pullinger, Sean Williams, Maxine Beneba Clarke and others, and the writing that emerged is beautiful, funny, sad, and surreal. Published in tabloid size newsprint, every story is given its own design and layout with some surprising results. It’s available from the if:book site for a limited time.
Award winning web-based magazine Matter has recently published a long essay (or a short book) by Rachel Syme called Selfie, discussing the history and the finer points of the art of taking photographs of yourself and the culture that has grown around it. To accompany the essay, Syme is conducting a crowdsourcing project, collecting significant selfies and the stories behind them and you are invited to take part.
I don’t know about you, but the only things I receive by post these days are either bills or stuff that I myself have ordered online. The Mysterious Package Company offers a relief from such postal drudgery. Imagine receiving a series of peculiar packages—letters, postcards, photographs, maps, and other objects—artefacts that come together to build a story over time. It’s an extraordinary approach to storytelling and a great way to introduce some intrigue into your life.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been written a weekly column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.