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  • 20 May 2008

Novelist says the future for creative writing is digital

Novelist and multimedia writer Kate Pullinger will give the Asham Creative Writing Lecture at the University of Sussex on Saturday 24 May.

Canadian-born Kate, who co-wrote the novel of the film The Piano with director Jane Campion, and whose books include the novels A Little Stranger, The Last Time I Saw Jane, Where Does Kissing End?, and Weird Sister, will give a lecture entitled: 'The Future for Writers is Digital.'

"Digital platforms offer all kinds of exciting new opportunities for writer and readers," says Kate, who is also a Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University, Leicester, where she teaches on the online MA in Creative Writing and New Media. Her most recent digital work is, a multimedia graphic novel in episodes. She is also currently involved in a new project Flight Paths - - a project aimed at creating a networked novel, on and through the internet.

The lecture, organised by the University of Sussex's Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), will also include the launch of an anthology of creative writing, 'The Story Starts Here' by Undergraduate and Postgraduate creative writing students in CCE.

Mark Slater, convenor for creating writing in CCE, said: "It'll be good to hear what Kate can tell us about the impact of new electronic technologies on the writing process. This is not just about different forms of publishing; it's also about future forms of narrative, new ways of writing and reading. We, and our students, need to be aware of these changes, both in terms of the effect they will have on the way we write and on the way we market our work."

The annual Asham Creative Writing Lecture is funded by the Asham Literary Endowment Trust, which was established by Lewes District Council ten years ago to support and encourage new writers. It was named after Asham House in Sussex, a property leased by Virginia and Leonard Woolf from 1912 to 1919 and demolished in 1994

Notes for editors

'The Future for Writers is Digital' takes place in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex, 10.30-11.30am on Saturday 24 May, followed by a reception.

Tickets cost £10 (price includes a copy of the student anthology and a glass of wine) and will be available on the door.

For more information about Kate Pullinger, visit

For more information about creative courses in CCE, visit

University of Sussex Press Office: Jacqui Bealing or Maggie Clune, 01273 568888,

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