In the future, or so some people think, it will become possible to upload your consciousness into a computer. Software emulations of human brains – ems, for short – will then take over the economy and world.
For the third year running, the Folio Prize Foundation and the British Library host some of the world’s finest writers and their guests at a weekend devoted to the art of storytelling.Over eight sessions, each programmed by a different member of the Folio Prize Academy, the weekend will explore how stories have the power to transform us: how they can impact individuals and effect social change.
The theme of the event is how stories and the way we tell them can transform not just our way of thinking but our lives in very real ways. The speakers are chosen by members of the academy (writers themselves) and include writers (fiction and non-fiction) and thinkers.
Highlights include Jeanette Winterson on retelling Shakespeare; Geoff Dyer, Marina Warner and Lisa Appignanesi on ideas and literature; Penelope Lively, Maya Jaggi, Glyn Maxwell, Caryl Phillips on writing about the notion of home, and Catherine O’Flynn, Sathnam Sanghera, Roger Robinson and Afua Hirsch on the responsibility of writing and telling the truth.
DIGITAL media are often (fairly) derided for playing to short attention spans. But brevity need not be synonymous with simplicity. New technologies also offer a canvas for creativity—even if the palette is confined to 140 characters.