Perpetual Nomads Makes Another Award Shortlist!

Yep, you read that correctly: our latest installment of the Inanimate Alice series, Perpetual Nomads (Beta Version), has made another Awards shortlist! The prize is the QUT Digital Literature Award, which is part of the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards.

The Queensland Premier had this to say about the Digital Literature Award, which is running for the very first time this year:

“The introduction this year of the QUT Digital Literature Award recognises the ongoing expansion of writing and publishing in the digital space, and is a significant addition to these awards.”


The Judges feedback included:

“A wonderful new iteration of the long-running Inanimate Alice series. Mez [Breeze] bring her own voice to the character of Alice and the integration of sound, image, and animation with text brings the project up to date.”

Electronic Literature ELO 17, Porto, Portugal

Recently spotted in Portugal, the Perpetually Nomadic Alice is always on the move

We were pleased to give a short presentation about Inanimate Alice at the 2017 ELO (Electronic Literature Organization) Conference last month.

The Conference which ran from July 18-22 was hosted by University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal, alongside a series of digital literature exhibits in and around the centre of this historic city. Inanimate Alice Episode 5 made an appearance in the Children’s Electronic Literature section alongside other works such as Lil’ Red, Switcheroo and Augmented Beasts.

Ana Machado and Ana Aguilar, University Coimbra, PortugalOur presentation, entitled “Inanimate Alice – The Story of the Series and its Impact in Portugal” was given by Alice’s Lead Developer Andy Campbell (Dreaming Methods) alongside Ana Machado and Ana Aguilar both from the University Coimbra, Portugal. Starting out with a swift potted history of the series – the first episode of which made an appearance way back in 2005 – the talk explored Alice’s success with Education Services Australia; being the first digital text to be included in an English Language Curriculum; and how many hundreds of students and teachers across the globe have been inspired to create their own ‘next episodes.

This led into an overview of Alice’s exciting new Virtual Reality adventure ‘Perpetual Nomads’, due for release at the end of 2017, where ‘being in Alice’s shoes’ takes on a whole new level of meaning. Ana Machado and Ana Aguilar then explained the fascinating process (and challenges) of translating the entire series into Portuguese and their mission to bring Alice onto the reading curriculum in Portugal.

2017 Turn On Literature Prize: Honourable Nomination Received!

Well, this is tingle-worthy news: our Beta version of Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads has received an Honourable Mention in the 2017 Turn On Literature Prize! We were notified of the amazing news on the 30th June by two Jury members, Venlig Hilsen and Allan Thomsen Volhøj, who said:

“Thank you for your take on the digital turn reflected in literature of the future. We are honored to have received your piece as a contestant in the competition of The Turn On Literature Prize and/or the possibility of the following exhibition of the shortlisted pieces…Your work deserves honorable mention and we would like to display your work.”

For those of you not in the Turn On Literature Prize loop, it’s funded under the EU Program Creative Europe and involves showcase exhibitions of the shortlisted works at libraries in Bergen, Norway, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania and Roskilde, Denmark. The exhibitions will last 5 weeks in each location. A total of 100,000 people are expected to visit the exhibitions. The Prize will display the selected works of electronic literature, which they define as “…works with important literary aspects that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by a stand-alone or networked computer.”

Yay to us for achieving this Honorable Mention, and a special grats too to three of our Inanimate Alice team members – Mez Breeze, Andy Campbell and Chris Joseph – for having their project All the Delicate Duplicates make the shortlist for the Prize! Whoo!

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