Congratulations and applause to Mez Breeze, whose interactive fiction work A [[Non]] Guardian Age has been shortlisted in the Digital narrative category for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.
A [[Non]] Guardian Age is an interactive fiction work which adapts The Guardian, an 1838 novel by Anna Maria Bunn. The resulting web-based book mashes prose with poetry and code while it ‘refashions’ Bunn’s original text.
A [[Non]] Guardian Age was produced as part of Rumours of My Death, an if:book Australia project exploring literary remix. Through Rumours of My Death, three contemporary writers used forgotten works from Australia’s public domain as source material to create a new work.
‘Given the breadth of new modes of writing it is encouraging to see awards like the Award for Digital Narrative in Western Australia acknowledging emerging storytelling forms,’ said if:book manager Simon Groth.
‘I'm thrilled to have A [[Non]] Guardian Age recognised through this shortlisting. It wouldn't have been possible without if:book Australia's invitation to contribute to the fantastic Rumours of My Death project,’ said Mez Breeze.
‘At a time when there's such crazy upheaval in the Australian political landscape, it's really rewarding to know that a work that roundly critiques our current political malaise – while also reflecting the roguish heritage of Australian literature/history – can be openly acknowledged in this way,’ said Breeze.
The shortlisted titles were announced this morning by Western Australian Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day. The winners across the nine award categories will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 3 October 2016 in Perth.