Final speaker announcements, and some things our speakers have been up to

Its just over a month now till The Story 2011 (its Friday, February 18th – if you haven’t got a ticket, GET ONE NOW! as there’s only a handful left!) so here’s the last speakers and some of the interesting things they’ve been up to.

First of all – the last speaker will be Blast Theory, the brilliantly innovative mobile game/performance/art company who have done lots of fantastic and award-winning projects over the last few years. They will be talking about their approach to narrative, audiences and mobile tech, and showing some of their work over the last decade. Hopefully, this will include the brilliant Day Of The Figurines, and Ivy4Evr, a recent experimental SMS drama they made for us at Channel 4 Education. Blast Theory know more than almost anyone I know about storytelling over mobile tech, and how to work with an audience that is simultaneously absent, yet intimately connected to the work.

Secondly, the session with Graham Linehan will be an ‘In Conversation’ with none other than Cory Doctorow, who kicked off the very first The Story last February. I can’t think of someone better to talk with Graham about the process of writing, being online and how to engage and collaborate with your fans over social media.

Finally, some of our speakers are launching books, etc at the moment. Mark Stevenson’s book An Optimist’s Guide To The Future is released TODAY! So go buy a copy now so you can get a sneak preview of the amazing experiences he’ll be talking about in February. Tim Etchells, a speaker at The Story last year, has recently launched Vacuum Days, a daily list of imaginary events occuring around the world. The format and caustic humour will be familiar to anyone who saw Tim’s contribution to the newspaper we produced for the event last year. Fantastic stuff.