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MIX 2023: Storytelling in Immersive Media

The programme is now out for MIX 2023. This year the conference is co-hosted by Bath Spa University and the British Library in London on 7th July 2023. The Library will be the host venue, and will coincide with it’s Digital Storytelling exhibition of digital literature and emerging formats, highlighting digital publishing over recent years.

There are presentations from panellists from wide-ranging disciplines that can provide inspiration for poetry filmmakers and writers, as well as from established poetry filmmakers – including Janet Lees, Sarah Tremlett, Csilla Toldy, and myself. See the full programme, details of the keynote speech, and supporting events: a curator tour of the exhibition with tea, and the evening live performance and sound experience – An Island of Sound.

Call for Papers and Presentations: MIX 2021

Via their website:

Are you interested in the future of content publishing? Are you a writer, artist, technologist or researcher engaged in finding new ways to tell stories to new audiences? Are you keen to hear from people working across books, digital, sound, video, AR, VR, and games? MIX 2021 offers an opportunity to join us as we think about the future of content creation and publishing.

MIX is a four-day virtual conference that explores the intersection of writing and technology, bringing together people from around the world to make, think and talk. We are looking for writers, artists, practitioners, researchers and creative technologists to share their projects, research and practice through papers or presentations.

After the success of the last five MIX conferences, held across our Bath Spa University campuses, the conference returns in a fully virtual form with an increased focus on making alongside two of our other favourite activities, thinking and talking. We will be hosting two days of making on Saturday 3rd July and Sunday 4th July followed by two days of papers, presentations and discussions on Monday 5th July and Tues 6th July. This includes poetry film screenings on the theme of Amplified Voices curated by Adrian B Earle from Think/Write/Fly and Sarah Tremlett from Liberated Words.

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Poetry film at the MIX 2019 conference

Over at Liberated Words, Sarah Tremlett has posted a detailed and fascinating report on what went down at MIX 2019, the conference on digital media held at the beginning of July at Bath Spa University in the UK. I considered attending myself, but like most such conferences it was way out of my budget as a non-academic dirtbag poet, so I’m grateful to Sarah for this erudite summary of the talks, screenings and panels. Check it out: “MIX 2019: Experiential Storytelling – poetry film meets profiling and the panoptic gaze“.

Call for work: MIX 2019, Experiential Storytelling

MIX 2019: Experiential Storytelling
Monday 1st July – Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Corsham Court Campus

After the success of the last four MIX conferences, MIX 2019 returns to the beautiful surroundings of Bath Spa University’s Corsham Court Campus in Wiltshire. This year’s conference will be a more intimate, single strand version, curated for a smaller audience to give time and space to instigate conversations around digital writing with a focus on experiential storytelling, including immersive technologies and new forms of publishing, from transmedia and poetry film to virtual reality to AI in storytelling.

Corsham Court

Corsham Court

A conference where creative writing and media creation intersect with and/or are dependent upon technology should be as interdisciplinary as possible, and that’s what we are aiming for with MIX 2019. The conference will host a vibrant mix of academic papers, practitioner presentations and keynotes. Confirmed speakers include publisher, Maja Thomas, Chief Innovation Officer, Hachette Innovation Program; Thomas Zandegiocomo, Artistic Director Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin; and writer Nikesh Shukla.

Within the single-strand programme there will be four themed panels. We would like to encourage the submission of research papers, artist/practitioner presentations and papers on pedagogy on the following topics;

  • Emerging forms of digitally-mediated narrative, including projects that use artificial intelligence, machine learning, algorithmic writing practices and locative-aware narratives.
  • Poetry film, including the future of poetry film, current developments in social media sharing, current developments in poetry film content and practice.
  • Immersive technologies and narrative, including Extended and Mixed Reality, VR, Augmented Reality, and Ambient Literature
  • Ethics of Storytelling, including accessibility and appropriation, but also issues around technology and ethics, i.e embodiment in VR, algorithmic bias in cultural works that use AI, etc.

We are looking for proposals for 15 minute papers/ presentations or 60 minute panels (composed of three 15 minute papers with time for q&a). Please submit 300 word abstracts and a 100 word biography for each paper/presentation you are proposing by Monday 4th February 2019. We will let you know whether your submission has been successful by the end of February 2019.

For further information and to submit your abstract visit www.mixconference.org

For queries email mix@bathspa.ac.uk

We hope to see you at MIX 2019.

another view of Corsham Court

another view of Corsham Court

Review of Poetry Film screening at the MIX conference

Bath Spa University, July 2017

 MIX 2017 poetry films programme cover

Revolution, Regeneration, Reflections. These were the themes chosen for the MIX 2017 conference to celebrate the human capacity for renewal and experimentation combined with deep thought and to look at where creative writing, storytelling, and media creation intersect with and/or are dependent upon technology. The programme featured a mix of academic papers, practitioner presentations, seminars, keynotes, discussions, workshops and poetry film screenings.

Artists/poets and digital writers were asked to submit poetry films/film poems/video poetry responding to these themes. Nineteen poetry films from the international submissions received were screened throughout the duration of the conference.

The selection was curated by Lucy English, Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and co-founder of Liberated Words, and Zata Banks, founder of PoetryFilm, an influential research arts project and film screening series.

I wondered if the themes of revolution, regeneration and reflections were too optimistic in theme. Perhaps war, power, consumerism, genocide, apocalypse, violence and chaos are nearer to what governs our thoughts at present.

Some of the poetry films covered predictable ground: love, word play, abstracts and introspection. Other films braved the realms of suicide, oppression, humour and sustainability. Some were cleverly and/or beautifully designed, others revealed their workings (you almost saw the filmmaker at work).

The curation itself was expertly put together. The viewer could watch to the end without feeling bombarded or overwhelmed, while at the same time feeling they had traveled; a journey which was troubling at times, more re-assuring at the end. We were taken from political marginalisation and resistance to universal sustainability in 19 films.

The first film, If We Must Die by Othneil Smith, used imagery from a 1970s Blaxploitation film to highlight resistance and a 1919 sonnet written in response to attacks on African-American communities, and began:

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursed lot.

The last film, Kate Flaherty’s A Mouse’s Prayer, with a delicate voice and a mouse’s prayer to the moon, ended:

O moon, you see me
when others do not,
you know my brown fur’s sheen,
and you reflect for me
my own great smallness
in your immensely
dark and speckled sky.

At the end of the first film and the beginning of the last film, the viewer literally looked into someone’s face. This created an intimate space, connected the viewer to the personal and forged the link between responsibility and hope.

Whilst I watched, I kept thinking: this is a poet’s curation (but then, what is a poetry film if it’s not poetry?). There were no long distracting pages of seemingly endless credits, no words were trying to compete with images and there were no excessive soundtracks. Almost all the films selected had near equal elements of sound, image and text.

Selecting for a poetry film curation isn’t just about choosing the best films submitted. The films need to sit alongside one another to flow, illuminate, juxtapose — the whole should be greater than the sum of its parts.

I was able to recognize Zata’s experimental film choices that invited us to focus on semiotics. The meaning making systems in the elements that make up the films (sound, movement, etc). In Matthew Griffith’s Pain in Colour, we were asked to find meaning through colour, movement and sound but with no words.

But can you have a poem without words? I’m not sure. But I know you can have a ‘poetic experience’ and Pain in Colour offered up its own meanings within the whole curation. I’m not sure it would have done so on its own. I would prefer to see it in a gallery space, where I may be less self-conscious of finding a specific context and meaning.

The territory of poetry film is still being mapped. And as I watched the films the nagging question hanging in the mainly empty auditorium was ‘What is poetry film?’ The curation didn’t direct me to the answer. But it led me to wonder if poetry film needs to be more confident in embracing its own genres (whether that is seen as another type of art film or an entirely new genre of poetry), and then we may be nearer to developing clearer analytical language and critical discourses.

In the middle of the curation, the background evangelist in Cindy St. Onge’s Road to Damascus and the end line in Dave Bonta’s Grassland, “I’ll break like bread at your table”, gave a jolt toward the anxieties of faith and a hope for something more, and was a reminder that the curation was a journey from resistance to sustainability.

Angie Bogachenko’s version of Oracle of a Found Shoe and the collaboration between Cheryl Gross and Lucy English, Shop, both animations, demonstrated that animation works when the images and words work together, where you can’t see the seam between the two. Both showed the strength of the poem and the skill of the animator.

I noted that 11 of the 19 films, by nature of the poem or the choice of presentation, had a strong performance element. This reflects the balance of new work that I have seen emerging elsewhere. Poetry film is an ideal medium to embody spoken word poetry, and as a genre I think it will bring an immediate and urgent contribution to the field.

By design or chance, the curation at MIX 2017 brought a rhythm, line by line, film by film, that on a large scale was sustained to the end. The themes created a forward momentum — and that reflects the journey of poetry film itself.

Poetry Film screenings at the MIX conference, Bath Spa University, July 2017

2017 is a year which marks many significant anniversaries; political, sociological and creative. In 1517 Martin Luther nailed his Disputation to the church door in Wittenburg. Jane Austen died in 1817. 1917 marked the start of the Russian Revolution. In 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released by the Beatles and kicked off the Summer of Love, and in 1977 everything went punk.

To celebrate the human capacity for renewal and experimentation combined with deep thought, the themes for MIX 2017 are revolutions, regenerations, reflections. We asked artists/poets and digital writers to submit poetry films/film poems/video poetry responding to these themes. Twenty films have been selected from an international cohort and they will be screened in our Viewing Theatre throughout the duration of the conference.

This selection has been curated by Lucy English, Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, co-founder of Liberated Words which creates, curates and screens poetry films, and Zata Banks, founder of PoetryFilm, an influential research arts project and film screening series.

The selected films reveal the energy and commitment to the poetry film genre by its practitioners, and explore the different approaches to combining words with moving image. Some of our filmmakers are well known and have received many accolades; others are new to the field.


Othneil Smith, If We Must Die

Tommy Becker, Song for Disobedient Youth

Lemar Barrett, Electric Roses

Jordan Caylor, Untitled

Helen Dewbery, The Goose

Manuel Vilarinho, No Pais Dos Sacanas


Jim Pomeroy, Words

Marie Craven, Anatomy

Cindy St. Onge, Road to Damascus

Dave Bonta, Grassland

Matthew Griffith, Pain in Colour


Damon Moore, The Multi Storey Car Park in Trenchard Street

Shuhei Hatona, Seventh Window

Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas, Illumination

Sophie Seita, Objects I Cannot Touch

Angie Bogachenko, Oracle of a Found Shoe

Cheryl Gross, Shop

Fin Harvor, The Carpet 1

Andrew Demirijan, I Tremble with Anticipation

Kate Flaherty, A Mouse’s Prayer


More information about the films and the film makers/poets will be posted on the MiX conference website.

Call for poetry films: MIX 2017 conference

conference banner

Bath Spa University’s bucolic Newton Park campus may seem an unlikely venue for an important international conference on writing and technology, but apparently it has “the best specialist digital and studio resources for teaching in the South West [U.K.] – equal to anything found in top commercial organisations and broadcast companies.” The MIX 2017 conference sounds truly interdisciplinary, with “a vibrant mix of academic papers, practitioner presentations, seminars, keynotes, discussions and workshops. Alongside scholars and researchers, artists, creative writers and creative technologists interested in literary forms are welcome to submit proposals.” More to the point for our interests, the organizers have issued a special call for poetry films.





The themes for this year’s conference are revolutions, regenerations, reflections. We would like to encourage artists/poets and digital writers to submit poetry films/ film poems/video poetry to be screened during MIX in our Viewing Theatre at Newton Park campus. Poetry films/ film poems/ video poetry is an emerging genre that fuses the use of spoken-word poetry, visual images, and sound to create a stronger representation and interpretation of the meaning being conveyed.



Short films should be submitted via email using a direct link to Youtube, Vimeo or an open link to Dropbox or WeTransfer. The email subject line should read ‘Your Name; Poetry Film Submission’ and the body of the email should include a 50-word description of the film.

Maximum 2 submissions per artist, these can be sent in the same email. This email should be sent to mix@bathspa.ac.uk by Wednesday 1st March.

The films will be selected and curated by Lucy English, Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and Zata Banks (founder of PoetryFilm research art project https://poetryfilm.org)



4K HD projector and 5.1 surround sound



  • Poetry films/ film poems/ video poetry up to 3 minutes.
  • Submitted via email using a direct link to Youtube, Vimeo or an open link to Dropbox or WeTransfer.
  • Email subject: ‘Your Name; Poetry Film Submission’; and the body of the email should include a 50-word description of the film.
  • No more than 2 submissions per artist, these can be sent in the same email.
  • Films must relate in some way to the conference’s themes: Revolutions, Regenerations and Reflections.
  • English language or with English language subtitles.
  • Deadline: Wednesday 1st March 2017.


If you would like to attend the conference please click on the ‘Bookings’ tab.

Call for papers, presentations and works for exhibition: Writing Digital, 2-4 July 2015

After the success of the last two MIX DIGITAL conferences, Bath Spa University is hosting Writing Digital: MIX DIGITAL 3 in the newly completed Commons building at the Newton Park Campus, just outside of Bath. Bath Spa University’s School of Humanities and Creative Industries, with its stellar Creative Writing Department, is at the forefront of both research into and teaching of creative practice across many forms. MIX DIGITAL has established itself as an innovative forum for the discussion and exploration of writing and technology, attracting an international cohort of contributors from the UK, Australia, and Europe as well as North and South America. From 2015 the conference will be biennial and will become one of the flagship conferences for the university.

Writing Digital will take full advantage of our brand-new Commons building and its interactive spaces through hosting a vibrant mix of academic papers, practitioner presentations, seminars, keynotes, discussions and workshops, as well as an exhibition of work by conference participants.

Our partners, The Writing Platform, will showcase the two winning projects from the competitive bursaries they will have awarded earlier in 2015 for new creative writing and technology projects. There will also be a separate call to digital artists for entries to an international competition to create work for our Media Wall.

Confirmed keynotes include Naomi Alderman talking about how and why a literary novelist came to be the imaginative power behind the hugely successful apps, Zombies! Run, and The Walk.

Papers/presentations and workshops are invited in relation to the on-going themes of creative writing and digital technology, the future of the book, new forms of publishing, and new forms of digital curation, and in any of the following areas:

  • Digital fiction and digital poetry
  • Digital art and text
  • Non-fiction and multi-platform publication (digital and print)
  • Digital and interactive scriptwriting (including theatre-making and film -making)
  • Transmedia practice
  • Collaborations between writers and technologists
  • Participatory media
  • Transnational creativity

In partnership with the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE there will be co-curated strand for which presentations on the following are sought around either the practice of interactive documentary and or the emergent field of ‘ambient literature’, including mobile, locative, and other site-specific storytelling forms.

In partnership with Bath Spa’s Media Futures Research Centre there will be co-curated strand on ‘Analogue Futures’ for which invitations on the following are sought: the digitalisation of writing practices and techniques; remediation associated with emerging digital technologies; slow media; concepts and cultures of vintage, heritage and authenticity; sustainability and materiality within the realm of digital media.

Workshops on creative practice and pedagogical papers in relation to any aspect of the above are welcome. Please note that works submitted for exhibition will not be considered unless the artist is attending the conference.

A selection of conference papers will be developed for publication in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal of international standing.

There will also be a separate competitive international call to create a new artwork for our eight-metre high digital gallery space, MediaWall; this work will be launched during Writing Digital.

Abstracts of up to 300 words for a 20-minute paper/presentation or a 90-minute workshop should be sent to mixdigital2015@gmail.com by 31 January 2015. Conference booking will open in November. A limited number of rooms on campus will be available for delegates.

Call for proposals due Jan. 31 for the 2013 MIX DIGITAL conference

I just noticed that the scholars behind the first MIX DIGITAL media conference last summer at Bath Spa University are planning another one this year. I’m sure they won’t mind if I reproduce the entire call for papers and presentations from their website:


Bath Spa University/The Writing Platform Conference, Corsham, England, 15-17 July, 2013.

Deadline for Abstracts: 31st January, 2013

Submit to Lucy English: l.english@bathspa.ac.uk

After the success of MIX 2012, Bath Spa University is co-hosting a second MIX DIGITAL conference, in partnership with The Writing Platform. This small-scale, intimate series of events will take place over three days at BSU’s Corsham Court campus, set in a Grade One-listed Jacobean mansion in the bucolic Wiltshire landscape.

This year the themes will be ‘Text on Screens: Making, Discovering, Teaching’. We invite papers and presentations of creative works that focus on making digital work, including fiction, e-poetry, videopoetry; mobile, locative, and site specific forms; digital non-fiction, games, text-based digital art, and other electronic, hybrid forms. We invite papers and presentations of creative works that focus on discovering digital work, including publishing, curating, gate-keeping, distributing, discoverability, search, audience and performance. We invite papers and presentations that focus on pedagogy and pedagogical issues in the fields of ‘text on screens’, digital transformations and digital humanities.

Papers will be published in a peer-reviewed e-journal; further details to be announced in 2013; e-journal edition to be published in 2014.

Proposals are welcome on the topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • What does it mean to put text on a screen?
  • What new forms of storytelling are emerging?
  • Does reader/writer interaction – via, for example, social media and social reading platforms – transform the work?
  • Is writing itself altered by digitisation?
  • Publishing, distributing, gatekeeping and curating digital forms
  • Discoverabilty and search in the digital landscape
  • Transliteracy and transmedia
  • New forms of narrative and narrativity
  • Audience, performativity, e-performance
  • Disruption and transformation of narrative forms
  • Pedagogy: how do we teach, collect, and distribute new forms to students?

As well as this, we invite practitioners to send in proposals for presentations or performances of their creative digital works.

Conference Committee: Katharine Reeve (BSU), Lucy English (BSU), Sarah Tremlett (artist), Kate Pullinger (BSU), and Donna Hancox (QUT).

Conference Keynote Speakers will include Naomi Alderman and Sophie Rochester.

Abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent to Lucy English at: l.english@bathspa.ac.uk by 31st January, 2013.

MIX conference to explore “transmedia writing and digital creativity”

Videopoetry pioneer Tom Konyves is a featured speaker at an intriguing-sounding conference slated for July 16-18 at Bath Spa University in Britain. Registration is open for the MIX conference, which has its own website.

The conference will take place at Bath Spa University’s postgraduate centre at Corsham Court from 16th-18th July 2012. Its aim is to bring together practitioners and theorists working with writing in digital media. The purpose is to create a core of research knowledge both practical and theoretical. The conference will present academic papers as well as presentations and workshops by current digital practitioners. There will also be a public exhibition of digital work created for this conference.

The questions we will be addressing are: How can new media be used for serious artistic purposes and how can we create a suitable critical vocabulary for this? What is the relationship between digital writers and the commercial world of ‘gaming’. Who are the audiences for digital writing and how can they be accessed? There will be submissions from those who work in digital media, concrete poetry, text art, poetry and performance, poetry and film, film poems, digital poetics, poetry and art, poetry and music, digital narratives, game writing, intermedia poetry, transmedia writing, language art, visual writing and installations.

Though the deadline has passed to propose a paper, there’s an open call for video narratives to be exhibited at the conference — deadline June 1st.