The shortlist for the 2015 New Media Writing Prize has been announced. Established by Bournemouth University and if:book UK, the prize recognises great storytelling for computers, the web, or handheld devices. The three following works have been shortlisted for the student prize.
Shaun Hickman’s kindred, is a web-based work that creates winding narrative pathways through grabs of text, video, animated gifs, and diary entries, all surrounding a central character with a traumatic brain injusry. Each of the narrative chapters lead to an intriguing series of music videos. Its sparse and simple design recalls much of the early creative and multimedia work for the web.
City Links by Annie Hitchman begins with the following invitation: ‘You are encouraged to click, seek, look and listen. The path is yours to find.’ It’s sometimes tricky to find the links in this web-based work where the streetscapes of London emerge from overlapping text, images, and videos to create puzzling interfaces.
From Walls to Walls by Madhushala Senaratne begins with a visit to the remains of the Berlin Wall before moving into an extended reflection on the walls we build, both physical and otherwise. The text combines poetry and memoir with links to sites around the web (a risky proposition when the web’s links come and go over time) and concludes with an invitation to respond to the author via twitter.
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.