Bursaries to bring writers and technologists together

Bursaries to bring writers and technologists together

Author support site The Writing Platform is encouraging writers and technologists to work together, with bursaries to fund new collaborative projects.

Two bursaries of £4,000 each will be awarded to teams made up of one writer and one technologist, to fund a three month project. Teams can submit as a pair, or enter individually and be paired by the selection panel.

Bursary winners will be chosen by Tom Uglow, director of Google Creative Labs, Naomi Alderman, writer and professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University, and Joanna Ellis, a a partner at The Literary Platform and co-founder of The Writing Platform, a website and live events programme. The bursary programme is delivered in association with creative writing at Bath Spa.

Alderman said: "The digital revolution is even more profound and significant than the print revolution of Gutenberg which kick-started the Reformation. We have no idea where the next 200 years will take us in terms of what writing and creativity can produce, become, and mean. What we know is that experimentation is vital, and giving creative people the opportunity to explore their boldest ideas is the best way to find out what works, and what doesn't. I'll be looking for ideas I haven't seen before - ways of using technology that really push the bounds of the possible."