Future-publishing Field Trip with TLP

D132402I’m delighted that future-publishing consultancy The Literary Platform have made Shackleton’s Man Goes South, my Science Museum novel and accompanying exhibition (see detail, right) the destination for the second in a series of fact-finding field trips they are organising and which are open to anyone who is interested.

The field trips are cheaply-ticketed and offer ‘a chance to get out and see project work talked through by the project makers themselves.’ Their previous visit was to Memory Palace by Hari Kunzru at the V&A.

Here is the blurb about the field trip from the TLP site:

Shackleton’s Man Goes South is the new novel by Tony White published by the Science Museum earlier this year. This thought-provoking new work of fiction is the Science Museum’s 2013 Atmosphere commission, published as part of the Contemporary Arts Programme. The novel is accompanied by a display in the Museum’s Atmosphere Gallery charting some of the scientific and literary inspiration behind the novel, that runs until spring 2014. In a central innovation visitors can use a dedicated touchscreen that is part of the display, to email themselves a free ebook of the novel in formats compatible with most devices.

Shackleton’s Man Goes South, square thumbnailJoining me to talk about Shackleton’s Man Goes South, to show participants around the display, and to demo our innovative touch-screen fulfilment point, will be Sarah Harvey, the Science Museum’s Assistant Curator of the Media Space and Arts Programme.

Sarah was production manager for Shackleton’s Man Goes South, so we will be able to talk about the commissioning process, the various collaborations involved (including with celebrated British designer Jake Tilson), as well as ‘future-publishing’ aspects, including the kinds of detailed audience data that we were able to draw upon in devising the innovative publication method, etc.

The registration price also includes a free signed paperback of Shackleton’s Man Goes South, and the tour will end (literally) behind the scenes at the Museum, as we take the back stairs over to the Science Museum’s Dana Centre cafe, to continue the conversations over tea and cake.

Earlier this year I wrote about collaboration for TLP’s sister project The Writing Platform. I have also taken part in a couple of conference panels organised by them: last year’s Writing in the Digital Age conference and the Newcastle Writers’ Conference 2013. Long-short, TLP are great, so if you are interested in finding out more about them, and/or chatting to an interesting bunch of people in informal settings about opportunities and challenges presented by the futures of publishing, then do please join us.


Shackleton’s Man Goes South : TLP Field Trip to Science Museum

Thursday, 24 October 2013 from 14:00 to 16:00

The Science Museum, London

Registration £15 (includes signed limited edition paperback of Shackleton’s Man Goes South)

Full info and booking via The Literary Platform’s eventbrite page