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About Future and Form

What will writing look like in 50 years? What role will authors play in the future?

The anniversary year’s flagship project, Future and Form, generously supported by Arts Council England, explores the interface between contemporary literature and creative technology.

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Future and Form brings together UEA alumni Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Mona Arshi, Tash Aw, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Mitch Johnson and James McDermott with UEA faculty, creative technologists, cultural organisations and schools to explore the relationship between contemporary literature, creative technology and space. The project aims to increase engagement with literature among new and traditionally hard to reach audiences, while providing prototypes for possible literary futures.

The resulting work will be exhibited in a series of virtual and physical installations in May 2021. Cultural partners are National Centre for Writing, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, The Forum Trust, Norwich Millennium Library with Norfolk County Library and Information Service, Norwich Theatre Royal, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Norfolk Museum Service with Norwich Castle Museum, Ormiston Academies Trust, British Archive for Contemporary Writing and the Sainsbury Centre.

Technology partners are Mutiny and Guildhall Live Events, with support from GRIT, Immersive Studios and StoryFutures Academy.

This highly innovative and exciting landmark project has been in development since April 2020, leading to the exhibition in spring 2021.

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