God it's been a while, hasn't it? In fact I got a rather sweet email from a friend this week reminding me that I've been neglecting this little patch, so here goes.
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to make it to The Story, an event put on by Matt Locke celebrating the joy of stories. It was a pretty non-linear event so I can't really do a report, but I will note the couple of bits and pieces I scribbled down:
- I liked Cory Doctrow's thought about 'how do you make people fall in love with books' and the fact that bookshops being for people who already love books.
- I'm really looking forward to the podcast of John Spooner's talk. The bit where he highlighted the Carpenters Song 'Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft' as a genuine attempt to communicate with extra terrestrials, using the minds of mortals to amplify the message into the cosmos was priceless.
- Everyone seemed to have heard of Tim Etchells before apart from me, but my first introduction was good. He read from his 'Endland Stories' which was full of 'good sentences'. I loved the bit where one character asks another if he has kids, he replies 'you want to see a picture?'. 'Yes'. 'Give me a pen then'.
- Tassos Stevens and Annie Mees talked about their project A Small Town Anywhere which sounds awesome. It's basically a play where the audience participate as characters of the story and in effect become co-authors. I like the idea of 'adventure-making' and the possibilities that holds.
I had an interesting conversation with Charlie and Katy about forgetting to be playful in the day-to-day. Once upon a time every contact in my address book had an nickname, but now that it's all synched to my google contacts so it's real names. It's little things like this that keep us inventive. Must do it more.