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Meanland: Reading in a Time of Technology


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Multimedia books and academic wikis, music and sound publishing, and the world of computer games: technological change has extended reading and writing well beyond the book.

Chris Meade, the author of an Arts Council England report on the technological possibilities of literature, discusses his own experiments with musical, graphical and digital fiction; the ANU’s Adrienne Nicotra explains how educational wikis might replace text books; novelist and programmer Paul Callaghan demonstrates the role narrative plays in today’s computer games; and the poet/composer Klare Lanson explores the intersection of music and text.



Klare Lanson

Over the past 20 years, performance poet Klare Lanson has worked as a writer, visual arts curator, director, truck driver, editor and also pays bills by working in the IT industry. Her poetry and multi media practice is motivated by her past work in the visual arts, technology, anxiety and the polit... Read more

Chris Meade

Chris Meade is Director of if:book LONDON. Chris has an M.A. in Creative Writing & New Media and his digital fiction In Search of Lost Tim was described by the Independent on Sunday as “a jeu d’esprit and just possibly the future of fiction.” He was Director of Booktrust from 2000–2007, ... Read more

Adrienne Nicotra

Adrienne Nicotra, Senior lecturer in the Research School of Biology, ANU is one of the founding Editors of PROMETHEUSWiki, a new Wiki based site for PROtocols and METHods for Explanation and Updated Standards in ecology and environmental plant physiology. PROMETHEUSWiki will pioneer new approaches t... Read more

Paul Callaghan

Paul Callaghan is a freelance writer, game developer, and co-director of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival. Through over 10 years in game development, Paul has been a programmer, designer, writer, and teacher, and has spoken about writing for games, the essence of play, what education can lear... Read more


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