Are you a Reliable Witness?

Posted: September 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: events, exhibition, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »


I’m getting excited about Reliable Witness, a project I’ve been working on all summer. Along with another midlands-based writer, Rochi Rampal, I’ve been writing the scenarios and interactive scripts for a bold transmedia storytelling piece commissioned by the Birmingham Book Festival. Come and see the installation – 4th-13th October – Unit 10, Pavilions Shopping Centre, Birmingham, 10am-4pm daily. It’s going to be amazing! There will also be an initial performance piece at ArtsFest in Birmingham, September 8, Centenary Square. I’m not sure of the time yet but it’ll be in the afternoon.

Here’s some of the website blurb.

Meet Darren and Amy – a young couple in love finding their feet in their relationship.
As their trusted friend you’ve been there for them, giving advice and a sympathetic ear for years. You’ve relaxed in their company, shared jokes and have been known to crash out and stare at the TV together now and again. You’ve seen them through a few ups and downs. So far, your involvement in their relationship has been passive, easy. Your loyalty has been neither divided nor tested. That’s about to change.

Darren and Amy’s story is moving quickly. Are you watching?
Reliable Witness is the Birmingham Book Festival’s first ever commissioned interactive storytelling experience. Follow the characters on social media, become a spectator or participant in their life together. Meet and see them in the offline world. Look out for The Birmingham Book Festival team live at Artsfest on the afternoon of Saturday 8th September, previewing this literature event with a difference.

You can follow the initial story on Twitter hashtag #reliablewitness or visit the capture website – Reliable Witness.  You can also make friends with all the characters on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Darren Connor – @Iamdarrenconnor
Amy Bauer – @amyamybauer
Fiona OSullivan – @Fi_OSullivan
Clare Drummond – @claredrummond2
Nadine Fletcher – @fletcher_nadine

The interactivity is being produced by the expert geeky people at The Adhere Creative, project managed by the fabulously efficient women at Red Lantern Project Management Ltd, overseen by some serious digital enthusiasts at Birmingham Book Festival and funded by Arts Council England.


A Grant for my Art!

Posted: October 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »
Arts Council Grant Award

Arts Council Grant Award

I applied for an individual artist award (literature) from the Arts Council several months ago. It was a process – writing the proposal and gathering references and the rationale for my ‘project’. And it was tough trying to work out what I was ‘worth’ per day/per hour as a writer.

With two novels under my belt (one unpublished and one published) I have worked tirelessly for the last six years and so far earned around £1000. NO – I have not missed off a zero or two. Hard work, dedication, discipline and very little money are what characterise the life of the literary fiction writer.

So when I got the letter from the Arts Council yesterday saying ‘YES’ they would support the completion of my current novel over the next 12 months… I danced and sang and smiled a lot. I am utterly delighted and full of gratitude. Thank you Arts Council.