M is for Nottingham?

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M is for Nottingham? was an experimental project launched for the tRace Incubation 2 Conference in Nottingham, UK in 2002.  It combined an online collaborative writing project and a live drama that enacted the “mystery” that the contributors wrote at the conference.  All attendees were invited to join in the collaborative writing of the mystery story M is for Nottingham?.  Each participant could choose a character from the list of historic Nottingham personages (including Nat Turner and The White Lady).  Then the characters set about writing the story of the dead corpse (or corpus) – was the Book Dead?  And, if so, who was the murderer?

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The writing was carried on for three months before the conference.  At the conferencethe participants “played” the character they had created on stage for the entire conference attendees. It has not been possible to preserve the chat function that accommodated the writing process, but the exte3nsive website, which also provided an introduction to Nottingham history and culture, is available except for the Flash portions.

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This work was directed by M.D. Coverley and written in collaboration with several members of the tRace Incubation 2 Conference in Nottingham, UK in 2002. It was performed at the conference as a live drama.

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Amber Strother