Tropical narratives in a digital realm: locative literature and writing communities in North Queensland

Van Luyn, Ariella (2014) Tropical narratives in a digital realm: locative literature and writing communities in North Queensland. In: Draft Proceedings of the 5th Global Conference: Storytelling. pp. 1-12. From: 5th Global Conference: Storytelling, 10 -13 May 2014, Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished)

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Marcus Foth, Helen Klaebe and Greg Hearn (2008) state that 'experiential narratives [those that combine public history, art and storytelling] are required to conceptualise and characterise the qualities of the city and to reawaken connection with place'. The recent development of digital tools that allow users to read narratives in-situ—such as Quick Response (QR) codes and interactive maps—offer new opportunities for engaging with stories of place. This paper will examine a storytelling project, Fostering Storytelling in the Tropics, which uses digital tools to produce a series of locative narratives, and aims to strengthen reading and writing communities. As part of a larger project examining creative writing academics can foster university-community engagement, emerging local writers will compose a series of stories set in specific locations around Townsville. Readers will use digital tools to read the stories in the location they are set. This paper will serve as a literature review; it will contextualise the project in the initial stages of its development by analysing how locative literature can aid in the development of textual communities: the 'reading, writing and publishing communities that form around printed texts' (Fuller 2002). Participant Action Research methodology offers a framework for understanding how the creative writer academic can facilitate community building through the use of digital tools.

Item ID: 34641
Item Type: Conference Item (Other)
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 02:56
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting) @ 60%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 70%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media @ 30%
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