Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
1:54 PM 18th October 2014

The Future Of Reading

A new interactive exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, will explore experimental forms of digital literature such as web- and app-based fiction, and electronic text adventure games.

Experts in digital fiction and literary-linguistics at Sheffield Hallam University have organised the exhibition, which opens on Wednesday 22 October.

Dr Alice Bell, reader in English language and literature at Sheffield Hallam, has organised the exhibition. She said: "Although people may be familiar with e-readers, they might not have experienced more interactive and experimental forms of electronic literature.

"Our exhibition features fiction that is written for, and read from, a computer. It can be web- or app-based, or accessed on a CD-ROM. Visitors to the exhibition will hopefully discover new forms of literature that they didn't know existed.

"We also hope to increase digital literacies more broadly, by encouraging more people to read, and interact with, these digital stories."

'The Future of Reading? An exhibition of Digital Literature' is part of the Reading Digital Fiction research project, which aims to raise awareness of digital fiction, and understand how readers process fiction in different formats.

As well as the exhibition of digital fiction at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield from 22 October to 14 November 2014, there are reading workshops at Sheffield Central Library on 21 October, a pop-up book club at Bank Street Arts on 1 November, and a curator-led exhibition tour on 25 October. And digital literature author Christine Wilks will lead a writing master-class at Sheffield Hallam on 29 October 2014.

Along with the exhibitions and workshops, linguists will collect empirical data from readers to help understand how readers process the language of digital fictions.

For more information on the project, including details of the exhibition and other events, visit