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The Literary Platform autumn events

It’s nearly autumn – traditionally the season when the book publishing industry works its fingers to the bone, engages in its extra-marital affairs at the Frankfurt Book Fair just before reaching near nervous breakdown point and knocking off for Christmas. While they’re beavering away The Literary Platform will be taking part in a series of autumn events – each with a slightly different look at the impact of digital publishing and how the book is changing.

September 2011


On Monday 19th September we’ll be taking part in a panel discussion at Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London on ‘New Tech, New Stories’ being organized by the Shoreditch-based agency ustwo™. They’ll be showing their documentary about digital publishing with a panel discussion to follow.

New Tech, New Stories

Designers, developers and forward-looking publishers are pushing the boundaries of the storytelling experience. Produced by digital design studio ustwo™, the documentary, New Tech, New Stories – the Pioneers of Digital Publishing, provides a unique insight into the future of the book. From social reading initiatives to immersive experiences and location-based storytelling, ustwo™ speaks to the pioneers of digital publishing, and throws light on ways new technology has shifted narrative from page to screen.

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles
 Tickets: Free, but need to be reserved by adding the required number to the basket below or by emailing [email protected].


On Saturday 24th September we’ll be taking part in two events as part of London Art Book Fair.


The first event at 12pm (Study Studio – Free) is in association with Alphaville Festival of Post-Digital Culture:

Turning the virtual page: the digital future of art publishing

Alphaville, International Festival of Post-digital Culture invites Sophie Rochester, founder of The Literary Platform and Clare Hey editor at Shortfire Press to explore the impact of mobile technologies on art publishing. Subjects include: how will digital change the reading experience and what opportunities are there for collaborations between writers, developers and designers.


The second event is at 4 – 5.15pm, (Study Studio – Free)
 and is in association with Valiz:

Developing Digital Content:

What tools, platforms and information cultures are available to artists and publishers developing content for digital art books? With Jasiek Mischke, artist and bookseller, Sophie Rochester, The Literary Platform, Niels Schrader, graphic designer and Simon Worthington, Mute Publishing.

October 2011


Then in mid-October it’s all about Frankfurt Book Fair. We’ve been working with TOC O’Reilly to help put together their Innovators’ Programme including a special Ignite session, which will be part of TOC Frankfurt taking place on Tuesday 11th October. We’ll also be chairing some of the Innovators’ Programme panels, as well as interviewing Dane Neller and Jason Friedman of On Demand Books on the main TOC stage about their Espresso Book Machine.


Then it’s off to the Frankfurt Book Fair halls to track down the most interesting digital stories breaking from the halls, reporting for the Frankfurt Book Fair blog. We’ll be taking a special look at the SPARKS programme – looking at what is being presented and talked about at the Hot Spots and during the StoryDrive conference.


Back in London we’ll be talking to MA students in Publishing on 21st October at the London College of Communications, University of the Arts discussing digital communications and digital publishing.


Our final stop in October is in Glasgow for E-books Unbound – the 11th annual conference (we’d love to know what was on the agenda 11 years ago!) – organized by Scottish Libraries.

November 2011


In November we’re off to Bournemouth on 23rd October to announce winners of the second annual New Media Writing Awards 2011, organized by the Media School at Bournemouth University. We’re helping to judge entries (these are coming in at the moment and details of how to enter are here) and that same evening we’ll also be taking part in a panel discussion alongside the lovely Dan Franklin (Digital, Random House) J.R. Carpenter and Matt Locke (former head of Cross Platform at Channel 4, now CEO at storythings.

There are a couple of other things in the pipeline which we can’t quite flag up yet – but watch this space for more news on those soon…

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