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Festival of Libraries, Manchester City of Literature

Client: Manchester City of Literature

Role: Writer/Artist in Residence, workshop design, workshop delivery, creative writing, AI poetry, event host, 3D design, editorial essay 

I was selected as one of three Writers/Artists in Residence with Manchester City of Literature's first ever Festival of Libraries.

Over the course of six weeks, I designed and led creative writing workshops for a group of writer's from Young Identity, Manchester. Together we discussed what libraries mean to our lives, and how we imagine libraries of the future.

The workshops culminated in a live event with Trafford Libraries in Urmston, where the Young Identity writers performed new work created during our sessions.

As part of my residency, I also created a personal reflective essay, a 3D virtual meeting space inspired by Jorge Luis Borges' short story The Library of Babel, and a collection of four poems written in collaboration with artificial intelligence natural language processors.

The essay, poems and a look behind the work can all be found on my artist website here.

Verse of the distant librarians

Collection of poems I wrote in collaboration with an AI natural language processor. (Read more about the process on my artist website.)

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