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Digital Writes

Development & Publishing C.I.C.

art – inclusion – growth

We enable anyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or economic disadvantage to take part in creative artistic projects and have their work exhibited, published or distributed:

  • for fun
  • to satisfy personal goals
  • to develop their artistic career
  • to push the boundaries of their art form

Our students have always had a brilliant experience [on Digital Writes’ projects], growing in creative confidence and developing their social and communication skills as well as gaining a wealth of cutting-edge technical expertise.

– Ms Urquhart, Lydiard Park Academy

Schools and colleges

Youth groups, clubs and organisations

Community groups and clubs

writers

illustrators

musicians

animators

actors

developers

Digital Writes were featured in the Swindon Link Magazine telling the story of our renaissance after getting an Arts Council Covid Emergency Grant.

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Theatre of the Air

Theatre practitioners, who have been unable to practise their craft due to the pandemic, are writing and performing an audio drama, and broadcasting it on Swindon Radio 105.5 and distributing it as a podcast.

And you could be part of it!

FOLKLORE: When Tamsin Wheatley receives a series of mysterious cassette tapes from her late University Professor, she finds herself drawn into a world of ghosts, demons, standing stones, and terrifying black dogs.

Project participants are exploring local myths, legends, mysteries and folklore to create the various mysteries that Tamsin will investigate. They are writing and editing scripts, rehearsing, performing, recording and editing. You can join us at whatever level you like, from just a bit of voice acting or collaborating on a single episode, to being on the team for the entire series.

As well as being funded by the Arts Council, FOLKLORE will also be supported by a Patreon, where listeners can subscribe to gain access to exclusive content. This means it is completely FREE for you to become a member of the Theatre of the Air company.

Being involved in this project has made a huge difference to my life as a newly blind woman. It has given me focus, the inspiration to be creative and has allowed me to be more engaged with the community, to feel part of something special and unique. Being disabled can be really isolating but everyone has made me feel so welcome and valued.

Immersive Authorship

Young people are writing, illustrating and publishing their own interactive fantasy-adventure gamebook.

And you could be part of it!

Our tutors – including published authors and professional artists – have real industry experience to share with you during our online workshops. You will get to use your own ideas to create something exciting – constructing the characters, settings, and storyline, creating the scenes, deciding the player’s options, and designing enemies to defeat.

They have called their book A Moral Paradox. This is because their idea is that your best friend, Paradox the Dragon, will grow differently depending on the choices you make – as illustrated above, by Lauren.

But don’t worry if you haven’t written or illustrated before! Your ideas are important. Join the team and contribute as much or as little as you want.

We already write and draw things but nothing comes out of it. It’s going to be so cool to see our book in the library and see other people enjoying what we’ve made.

Paper Dreams

Primary aged children designed and drew and animated a surrealism inspired video game and published it worldwide.

Children from a number of primary schools and a home educated group studied surrealism with artist Beatrice Markopoulou, including a trip to see an exhibition of Dorothea Tanning’s work at the Tate Modern.

They then made and published a surrealist video game called Paper Dreams. Everyone designed their own surreal worlds and stories, drew and animated their own surreal characters, and wrote their own whimsical dialogue.

I’m really impressed with what I was able to achieve

It’s massively better than I expected … I feel it’s like a proper game that you would actually see on Steam

It was like actually being an adult

Binary: Decoded

Young people with a variety of physical disabilities, special educational needs and autism spectrum condition made a Japanese inspired interactive visual novel

63 young people studied illustration with graphic novel illustrator David Cousens, and interactove storytelling with gamebook author Keith P. Phillips.

In a model of mutually supportive collaboration across their schools and colleges, they designed a rich story with complex, interesting characters, wrote, performed and recorded the dialogue, and coded the interactions.

They even organised a launch event with proud parents, amazed friends, and press photographers everywhere!

Their games has now had more than 3000 downloads from the app stores!

A fantastic opportunity for students to work with professional artists and game designers to stretch their technical and creative skills in ways that’s very hard for me to do as a classroom teacher – Mr Mercer, Crowdys Hill Special School