Posts Tagged ‘European Festival of the Short Story’

Highlights from the London Book Fair – part 1

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Let’s do some gimballing!

Too many good things happened at this year’s London Book Fair to include them all in one blog post. So I’ll start with the first. It’s a project initiated by Jim Hinks from Comma Press in Manchester, in cooperation with Alexandra Blücher from Literature Across Frontiers and Toru Interactive supplying the technical knowledge, and it’s called the Gimbal App. Whether you live in Zagreb, Gdansk, Barcelona or indeed any city and commute, or if you are visiting and want to dip into the city’s geography in a literary way, you can using Gimbal. The name comes from a mariner’s instrument which was a metal sphere used to maintain a fixed point by keeping the compass in place, explains Jim at the app’s launch on Tuesday at Earl’s Court. Writers take on the role of “gimbals”, the fixed point in a city foreign to the reader. You open up the navigation on your smartphone, iPad or iPod and choose by location, genre, journey length or mode of transport where you’d like to go: here you find stories written by  contemporary short story writers including Roman Simic, Michelle Green or Alison McLeod in both audio and text versions. So, selecting the “by bicycle” option in combination with “34 minutes” and “Europe”, you will find a drop-down menu of the stories featuring this combination. As the story starts, you can see the journey it recounts mapped out in typical Google map style and you, the reader, can add Instagram photos or comments of the places visited. (more…)