BA (Hons) Creative Writing Lecturer, James Cole, has worked with StoryPlaces on Mobile Stories for Arts by the Sea Festival, Saturday 8th October.

StoryPlaces, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, is an exciting interdisciplinary project between the Humanities and Electronics and Computer Sciences departments at the University of Southampton, the Bournemouth Natural Sciences Society (BNSS), and Southampton and Bournemouth-based writers.

The project looks at ways in which readers can use a location-based story app to discover how stories, inspired by the BNSS collection, unfold and emerge as the reader takes an immersive walk around local Bournemouth areas. The reader is in control, making decisions to change and shape the course of the narrative – a modern-day version of the old Choose Your Own Adventure stories.

James’ commissioned story, which will be available to download from a stall in the Lower Gardens, is aimed at children and will take them on an interactive journey in and around Bournemouth gardens, responding to the decisions they make.

There will then be a follow up talk on Wednesday 12th October at Bournemouth Natural Science Society, discussing the process of writing location-based narratives alongside the other writers and academics.

James said: “Having worked with the University of Southampton in the past, I was approached by the team to work with the Bournemouth writers on the project and commissioned to write an original story aimed at children. This has been an exciting and rewarding project to be involved in and the process has taught me a lot about the requirements of location-aware narratives. I’m really excited to see the stories come to life, launched this weekend at the Arts by the Sea Festival.”

Discover StoryPlaces on Saturday 8th October, Bournemouth Seafront: Lower Winter Gardens, 10am – 4pm.