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StoryPlaces: Follow the Story Event

Bournemouth Natural Science Society
10:00 - 16:00
8 - 9 October 2016
Bournemouth Seafront: Lower Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5DJ

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Verity Hunt at .

Event details

Use your smartphone or tablet to read a newly commissioned story. Watch it unfold as you reach each location on the trail, exploring the seafront, gardens and town. The theme of the stories will draw in the reader to the collections and visions of BNSS. Find our stall in the Lower Winter Gardens. There will be Smartphones to borrow for those without a mobile device of their own. Our authors comprise a team of postgraduate creative writing students at the University of Southampton and writers from around Bournemouth. The Southampton students developed their stories with the help of writer, curator and broadcaster, Philip Hoare (University of Southampton) and transmedia writer and sound designer, Alison Bown (Bath Spa University); the Bournemouth community writers worked with writer and lecturer James Cole (Arts University Bournemouth).

‘In a quiet Bournemouth backstreet lays a hidden gem: a treasure cabinet of natural curiosities...’


The Bournemouth Natural Science Society occupies a substantial, towered Italian gothic Victorian house, built in Bournemouth in 1879. The premises are part-museum, part-laboratory, part-urban temple to learning. Its rooms are lined with wooden cases and chests whose many drawers contain butterflies, eggs, mineral specimens, fossils and archaeological remains in the tradition of nineteenth-century collectors such as General Pitt Rivers. The house and its contents, its histories and its characters, offer a remarkable new resource for literary interpretation.
StoryPlaces has EXPLODED the many stories that make up the BNSS, tales about its collections, its history and people and the natural world, out across Bournemouth. We have created a collection of location-aware short stories inspired by the BNSS to be read on-the-go on your smartphone around Bournemouth Seafront, the town and Winter Gardens.
We will be launching the stories at a series of events themed around place and the natural world in the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, Saturday 8th – Saturday 15th October 2016.
StoryPlaces is a Leverhulme-funded interdisciplinary research project at the University of Southampton (English and Electronics & Computer Science) that explores the poetics of locative literature.
Come and meet the project team at our stall in the Lower Winter Gardens!




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The Bournemouth Natural Science Society & Museum

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