In the midst of the cancellation of everything due to the Sars-Covid-2 pandemic, there is a glimmer of good news. I'm pleased to announce that I will be working with writer Ayòbámi Adébáyò on this ground-breaking project, which will take shape over the next year and culminate in a major regional, national and international exhibition.
The Future and Form project is a major 50th anniversary initative by the University of East Anglia, where I am Reader in Creative Writing. This year, 2020-21, marks 50 years of the teaching of Creative Writing as a subject at UEA. Future and Form see a number of leading writers work with creative technologists, local young people, schools and key cultural organisations to explore the interface between contemporary literature and creative technology. Writers commissioned by UEA include Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Mona Arshi, Tash Aw, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Mitch Johnson and James McDermott. They will work alongside UEA creative writing faculty including Rebecca Stott, Steve Waters, Tessa McWatt and myself.
This project is an exciting initiative, co-funded by Arts Council England, to experiment with writing, art forms and technology. I am looking forward to working with Ayobami and the National Centre for Writing, our organisational partner, on a project which will travel all around the world. For the moment we are able to work virtually, but we will offer - hopefully - a dual physical and virtual exhibition of ideas, innovations, experiences at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and other venue partners around Norwich in spring 2021.
For more information on Future and Form see: https://www.newwriting.net/2020/03/futureandform/