Winner of the if-Book New Media Writing Prize

James was one of three writers, along with the novelist Kate Pullinger and the digital artist Duncan Speakman, to be commissioned to create a piece for the Ambient Literature Project. The result is The Cartographer’s Confession, a digital fiction set in London produced by Emma Whittaker.

The Cartographer’s Confession is a geo-located app situated in London that unfolds as users move between three different city locations. It combines voice, video, prose, original 1940’s photographs of London, commissioned illustrations, 3D soundscapes and a bespoke musical score to create a rich literary experience. To read more about the background to the project and about ‘Ambient Literature’ in general, visit the Ambient Literature site.

The term ‘Ambient Literature’ refers to writing that knows where its reader is through the use of the technology of the smartphone and which has a visceral connection with a sense of place.

Read James’ thoughts on the app in two articles: a dialogue with writer Thomas McMullan in Partisan Hotel and ‘Take Me to the River: A Journey into Digital Fiction’ in Review31

The app is reviewed in Alphr magazine here

You can download The Cartographer’s Confession free from the App Store and Google Play.

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