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Literary Festival 2011 - New technologies and the Reinvention of the Author


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Speaker(s): Sam Leith, Lionel Shriver, Nigel Warburton
Chair: Tom Chatfield

Recorded on 19 February 2011 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

With rapid developments in communication and publication technologies, the book – as conventionally conceived – is no longer the only point of connection between writers and their audiences. New media cross many geographical borders with ease, creating potentially global readerships. New communication technologies empower audiences to answer back, dissolving the traditional borders between writers and readers. And with this, the boundaries between forms of writing begin to be reconfigured. How do writers and readers of fiction and sustained non-fiction relate to each other in this new space? What does technology mean for the future of the author?

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