if:book Publication Shortlisted for Digital Narrative Award

Wednesday 6 July 2016
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Brisbane –  Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) congratulates digital writer and experimental storyteller Mez Breeze on the inclusion of her project A Guardian Age in the shortlist for the 2016 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards – Award for Digital Narrative.

 A Guardian Age is an interactive fiction work which adapts The Guardian, an 1838 novel by Anna Maria Bunn. The resulting web-based book mashes prose with poetry and code while it ‘refashions’ Bunn’s original text.

 A Guardian Age was produced as part of Rumours of My Death, an if:book Australia project exploring literary remix. Through Rumours of My Death, three contemporary writers used forgotten works from Australia’s public domain as source material to create a new work.

‘Projects like Mez Breeze’s A Guardian Age are trailblazing new ways of telling stories,’ said if:book Australia Manager Simon Groth.

‘if:book Australia is an initiative of QWC which explores the relationship between writer and reader,’ said Groth, ‘We investigate and demonstrate how contemporary digital tools contribute to a long history of experimental writing.’

‘Given the breadth of new modes of writing it is encouraging to see awards like the Award for Digital Narrative in Western Australia acknowledging emerging storytelling forms,’ said Groth.

‘I'm thrilled to have A Guardian Age recognised through this shortlisting. It wouldn't have been possible without if:book Australia's invitation to contribute to the fantastic Rumours of My Death project,’ said Mez Breeze.

‘At a time when there's such crazy upheaval in the Australian political landscape, it's really rewarding to know that a work that roundly critiques our current political malaise – while also reflecting the roguish heritage of Australian literature/history – can be openly acknowledged in this way,’ said Breeze.

‘if:book Australia plays an important role in identifying and interrogating new innovations and opportunities for storytelling,’ said QWC Chief Executive Officer Katie Woods, ‘Mez Breeze’s project is an engaging exemplar of story uncoupled from the page.’

‘QWC also extends congratulations to QWC member Dimity Powell, who’s shortlisted story The Chapel of Unlove was published as part of Story City, a project run by former QWC employee Emily Craven,’ Woods said.

The shortlisted titles were announced this morning by Western Australian Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day. The winners across the nine award categories will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 3 October 2016 in Perth.

The other projects that were part of Rumours of My Death were The Tweets of @HenrySavery, written by Christopher Currie and Hunted Down and Other Tales by Marcus Clarke by Simon Groth.


Additional information

About Mez Breeze

For over two decades, Mez Breeze’s award-winning digital writing has helped shape interactive genres, games, and transmedia. The impact of her unique codeworks and pioneering net language mezangelle has been compared with that of Shakespeare, James Joyce, and Larry Wall. Mez is a Coproducer, Creative Director and Lead Interactive Writer on the “Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads” Interactive Novel/Virtual Reality Series, an Advisor to The Mixed Augmented Reality Art Research Organisation, a Senior Research Affiliate with The Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab, and is in the process of developing a career archive with Duke University’s Curator team. Mez runs mezbreezedesign.com.

About if:book Australia

if:book Australia explores new forms of digital literature and investigates the changing relationship between writer and reader. Its explorations at the intersection of technology and publishing take the form of writing, teaching, and experimenting.

Since its inception in 2010, if:book Australia has published tens of thousands of words from some of the nation’s best writers and thinkers on book futures, delivered workshops from Perth to Canberra to Alice Springs, helped authors create live writing inspired by an audience, and remixed lost nineteenth century Australian fiction.


Simon Groth and Mez Breeze are available for interview on request. Please contact the Media contact (details below) to arrange an interview.

Media contact

For more information please contact:

Elliott Bledsoe

Marketing & Communications Manager

Mobile: 0405 059 367

Telephone: 07 3842 9942

Email: ebledsoe@qwc.asn.au

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