In 2009, Lucy co-founded Stand + Stare, an interactive design studio, with her brother Barney. Since then, the Bristol and Stroud-based writer has worked on numerous creative projects, including a recreation of two sets from The Muse by Jessie Burton, using touch tech to trigger audio extracts from the novel in 2018. An extensive list of her projects through Stand + Stare can be found on their website. Lucy is also an award-winning playwright and film-maker whose work has been performed across the country, both in theatres and schools.
The Commissioned Project: Lucy’s project, “The Wallet Chapters”, will focus on the use of the Wallet app on both Apple and Android smartphones. She will use the e-tickets contained within the app to create an overarching story inspired by the information supplied in the tickets – dates, times, locations and other details will be pieced together to create a narrative experience.
A writer with many hats, Melanie is a theatre-maker, artist, game designer, and mathematician who is also Co-Artistic Director of digital, interactive performance company Produced Moon. She has authored several app-based works, including The Inventor’s Squad, an audio guide that tells the stories of female scientists, mathematicians, engineers or inventors, such as Ada Lovelace and Hedy Lamarr.
The Commissioned Project: Melanie’s project will take place in a futuristic world as is called “Seer”. Readers will act as the protagonist, a journalist who is investigating a new technology that claims to allow people to see into alternative dimensions. As the reader discovers more about this new and exciting – but suspicious – tech, they’ll have to make decisions along the way that will determine how the story unravels.
Lucy Christopher and Rajiv Edward
Lucy and Rajiv are a creative and real life partnership interested in all the possibilities that digital storytelling presents. Rajiv is a Frontend Web Developer and UX designer who works at the University of Bath, and is looking to push further into app development.
Lucy is an international bestselling Young Adult author, including novels Stolen, Flyaway, and Storm-wake. Her books have won the Branford Boase Award, the Printz Honor, and have been shortlisted for the Costa and Waterstones prizes. Lucy also works as a senior lecturer. Through her work leading the MA Writing for Young People at Bath Spa, she has helped to kickstart the careers of many writers who have gone on to have several books published themselves
The Commissioned Project: Lucy and Rajiv’s project, “The Fog”, will use geolocational and other smartphone sensors to create a fictionalised version of Bath. The narrative begins on the summer solstice when a strange fog descends upon the city, freezing everyone and seemingly stopping time itself. Only the protagonist, Juno, remains awake. The reader must help Juno to free Bath of the fog.