summer writing games

Storyjacker Summer Games 2014

This summer, we hosted collaborations with six acclaimed authors.

The idea was to see how the writers we love write when they're thrown into a game and challenged to tell stories together. To this end, two groups of authors wrote stories using Bamboo - taking it in turns to write options for what happens next, making decisions on what should stay.

In the process they had fun. In Ross Raisin's review on The Writing Platform, he even went so far as to say he found it "enjoyable, social, challenging and fun". Ross was one of the six fantastically talented writers who took part in the project.

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch was written by David Whitehouse, Tiffany Murray and Ross Raisin

Arpege on the landing

Arpège on the landing was written by Jenn Ashworth, Mez Breeze and Ed Hogan

Ross Raisin

Ross Raisin's first novel, God's Own Country, was published to great acclaim in 2008 and was shortlisted for nine awards including the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, Waterline, was first published in 2011, was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and was described by Alan Warner in the Guardian as 'a work of grace: a human being rendered by a triumph of ventriloquism and empathy'.

In 2009 Ross was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and in 2013 he was included in the Granta list of 20 best young writers.

Ed Hogan

Edward Hogan is a graduate of the MA creative writing course at UEA and a recipient of the David Higham Award. His first novel, Blackmoor, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize and won the Desmond Elliot Prize. Edward's first young adult novel was published in 2012 and his second novel Hunger Trace came out in March 2014 and was described by Catherine Taylor in the Telegraph as a 'soaring, unconventional book'.

Tiffany Murray

Tiffany Murray's first novel Happy Accidents and her second, Diamond Star Halo were both short-listed for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award. Tiffany's writing has appeared in The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian. She is Senior Lecturer at The University of Glamorgan.

David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse's first novel Bed was the inaugural winner of the To Hell with Prizes award in 2010. His second, MOBILE LIBRARY is due to be published early next year. David's journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Independent, Esquire, Time Out, and the Observer Magazine. His first short film, 'The Archivist', produced by Warp Films and the BBC, opened the BBC Electric Proms in 2008 and screened at film festivals including Seattle and Munich.

Jenn Ashworth

Jenn Ashworth's first novel, A Kind of Intimacy, was published in 2009 and won a 2010 Betty Trask Award. On the publication of her second novel, Cold Light, in 2011, she was featured on the BBC's Culture Show as one of the UK's 12 best new novelists. In 2013 her third novel, The Friday Gospels, was published by Sceptre.

Her short stories have appeared in the MIR 9, The Manchester Review, Dogmatika, Beat the Dust, Jawbreakers and Bugged, among other places. She also reviews fiction for The Guardian.

(Image: Tim Power, Gonzopix)

Mez Breeze

Mez Breeze is a writer and artist whose works reside in Collections as diverse as The World Bank and the PANDORA Electronic Collection at the National Library of Australia. Mez is also an Advisor to The Mixed Augmented Reality Art Research Organisation and is currently Senior Research Affiliate with The Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab.

Her awards include the 2001 VIF Prize (Germany), 2002 Newcastle New Media Poetry Prize (Australia) and the Burton Wonderland Gallery Winner 2010 (judged by director Tim Burton).