The Reading on Screen Project has now officially launched, with a website (http://www.readingonscreen.co.uk) a Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/416581662054089/) and a Twitter account (@onlinereaders1) with all the latest news. Reading on Screen follows on from two previous projects also funded by the AHRC, Researching Readers Online http://www.researchingreadersonline.com and of course the Digital Reading Network! This time Bournemouth University is partnering with the University of Brighton, with support from Sheffield Hallam and The Reading Agency. My Co-I on the project is Ross Adamson, and we are working closely with a digital storytelling company called DigiTales led by Tricia Jenkins. Isobel Creed is our Events Co-ordinator.
The first Project Team Meeting took place at the University of Brighton on 21 April, where we discussed the background to the project and planning for the upcoming workshops. It is a complete coincidence that the project pic taken by photographer Ray Gibson shows most of the team engrossed in their screens! The project runs from April 2017 to February 2018, culminating in an exhibition to be held at Brighton later this year.
Reading on Screen sets out to capture the stories of readers negotiating the changes brought about by new technologies, so it is vitally important that we are able to get as many different voices as possible to represent the diversity of opinion and experience out there. While we are interested in reading of all kinds, our principal focus is on how technology is changing reading, and mainly reading for pleasure, more specifically still, reading works of fiction where readers’ imaginations are engaged.
The workshops we are planning are all about enabling ordinary people to discover their storytelling skills, and to master some basic video and audio editing skills to allow them to share those stories digitally with others via YouTube, our project website and our project exhibition.
We are also interested in hearing from anyone who may be interested in the project via our website and Facebook page, so please do get in touch if you would like to contribute to the blog, or just want to share your comments. We hope that the website will become a space where readers of all kinds can share and interact with one another, helping to forge connections and friendships especially for those who can’t make the workshops.