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Tom Abba

Tom Abba is a writer and designer working with the form of digital and physical books. He is an Associate Professor of Art & Design at UWE, a Director of Circumstance, and teaches into Drawing and Print at Arnolfini.


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Ambient Literature

What happens when the place where you’re reading becomes the stage for the story? How can your location shape and alter the story you are hearing?

These Pages Fall Like Ash

Developed as part of REACT's Books and Print Sandbox, These Pages Fall Like Ash demonstrates the potential of interdependent storytelling between conventional, physical books and digital platforms.

Tom Abba is a writer and designer working with the form of digital and physical books. He is an Associate Professor of Art & Design at UWE, a member of the DCRC and teaches into Drawing and Print at Arnolfini. 

As a director of Circumstance, Tom works with writers and digital developers to make work exploring physical / digital hybrid books. Short Films for You and These Pages Fall Like Ash, the first two pieces in an ongoing series of such projects, were produced in 2012 and 2013, and are both available from Circumstance’s website.

With Baldur Bjarnason, Tom has written a manifesto for digital writing - This is Not a Book - available here as a digital text edition, and discussed in an irregular podcast available on iTunes.

In collaboration with colleagues at the DCRC, Bath Spa and Birmingham Universities, Ambient Literature - a two year, AHRC funded research project exploring site-responsive literary forms, launches in 2016. 


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