Twitter fiction festival kicks off

2012-11-28 19:52
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Paris - Twenty-nine storytelling projects from around the world are being showcased from Wednesday in the first-ever Twitter fiction festival, held over five days on the microblogging site.

The virtual event, taking place in five languages - Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish - will run from 28 November to 2 December, according to the social network's official blog.

While everyone is free to take part under the #twitterfiction hashtag, the festival's selection panel, made up of US publishing industry experts, picked 29 entries from around the world to highlight on a dedicated page, at mobile.twitter.com/hashtag/twitterfiction.

The Twitter media team's head of research and development Andrew Fitzgerald stressed the festival was "not a competition".

"There will be no winner, we just want to showcase creative storytelling," he told AFP ahead of the event.

A young American women, Elliott Holt (@elliottholt), will open the ball on Wednesday at 24:00 GMT, with a crime story that plays on the idea of a Twitter feed used as evidence.

Among the tales on offer - which come from a mix of published and novice writers - Lucy Coats (@lucycoats) from Northampton in Britain will re-tell 100 Greek myths in 100 Tweets.

London-based Faiq Muneef will be tweeting an Arabic language story called The Crying Canary from Sunday at 13:00 GMT.

From Thursday to Sunday at 09:00 GMT, @00serialTW will be unfurling a stream of tales inspired by the work of Italian writer Italo Calvino.

And Marc Capelle (@marccapelle), the head of the French journalism school ESJ, will tell the story of Marcel Lasoen (@MarcelLasoen), an elderly man using Twitter to reconnect with his family, from Thursday to Sunday at 11:00 GMT.

Bookworms can tune in using the #twitterfiction hashtag, or consult the webpage set up for the festival, at twitter.com/hashtag/twitterfiction.

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