Audio book provider Audible is sponsoring this year’s Cityread London, providing stories for a digital storytelling installation in the capital.
The installation will run at Foyles Charing Cross from 31st March to 7th May and is based on the book for this year’s campaign, a detective drama entitled Ten Days by Gillian Slovo (Canongate). Visitors will be able to hear audio excerpts of moments in the novel, narrated by actor Joe Jameson, by “placing evidence” relating to scenes in the novel onto a control desk panel. A second area of the installation is modeled on the wooden hoardings that covered up broken shop windows in the 2011 London riots.
The installation has been produced in partnership with Bristol-based Stand+Stare and creative consultant Jon Slack.
A series of smaller mobile installations, with portable “evidence booths”, will also tour London libraries, and Audible is providing an audio version of Ten Days.
Tracey Markham, country manager for Audible, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Cityread to get the capital listening and also with Canongate and Gillian Slovo to bring Gillian’s insightful story, Ten Days, to audio. The installation at Foyles later this month is going to be a unique way for people to listen to the story, interact and respond to the themes. It’s great that it will also tour London’s libraries giving even more people the chance to listen to fantastic digital storytelling.”
Cityread London is an initiative, run by Stellar Libraries CIC in partnership with London’s libraries, to “bring the capital together with one book.” A month-long programme of a wide range of events including book groups and film screenings will take place across London to support the initiative.