Old technology – we all used it, and it’s still there: cassette tapes, floppy discs, videos, 35mm slides, overhead projectors, Ansaphones, games consoles, View-Masters, faxes, Dictaphones, reel to reel, Ceefax…
How did we function with these ancient machines, these relics of the future?
In FaxFiction, seven writers – Sarah-Clare Conlon, Gary Fisher, David Gaffney, Rosie Garland, Valerie O’Riordan, Fat Roland and Nicholas Royle – have created six brand-new short stories focusing on these old technologies, and they will perform their pieces using gathered artefacts as part of this show, made uniquely for Refract:19.
Sarah-Clare Conlon is Literature Editor of Creative Tourist and Writer-in-Residence at Manchester’s Victoria Baths. Her creative writing has been published by Centre for New Writing, Comma, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Flash, Reflex Fiction, Salt, Spelk, Stand and The Other Room, and in new Arachne anthology Story Cities.
Gary Fisher is a sound artist and experimental composer whose work explores sound through processes of inquiry and experimentation with objects, actions, words, places and technologies. He records, composes, performs and creates installations with various sound materials and approaches including found objects, found sounds from collected tapes and records, and invented instruments.
David Gaffney is the author of four collections of short fiction, Sawn-off Tales, Aromabingo, The Half-life of Songs and More Sawn-Off Tales, two novels, Never Never and All The Places I’ve Ever Lived, and graphic novel The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head. A third novel and second graphic novel are on their way.
Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie Garland is a poet, novelist, singer with post-punk band The March Violets and Writer-in-Residence at the John Rylands Library. Her writing has appeared in Mslexia, Butcher’s Dog, Ellipsis, Rialto and elsewhere, and she was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart and Forward Prizes.
Valerie O’Riordan is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Bolton. Her short fiction has been published in Tin House, LitMag and The Lonely Crowd, among other journals. She is currently working on a novel, funded by Arts Council England.
Fat Roland is a story-mangling comic and champion of Literary Death Match Manchester, and he co-runs Bad Language, voted the UK’s best spoken word night two years in a row. His third solo show, Seven Inch, was commissioned by The Lowry and will be adapted for the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.
Nicholas Royle is the author of three short story collections and seven novels, most recently First Novel. He has edited more than 20 anthologies, is series editor of Best British Short Stories and runs Nightjar Press. Reader in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School, he is head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize.
Fax Fiction is supported by Arts Council England