The following people contribute to this blog on a regular basis:

Tia Azulay


From an academic background in English literature and poetry, Tia succeeded in property sales before moving to technical writing, software testing and QA and Documentation Management. She has lived in five countries and worked for large, medium-sized and new companies, creating offline and online writing products and instituting systems for team management and product delivery. She is now a freelance web consultant and digital facilitator, helping writers to develop an effective online presence. She is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University. Tia’s personal blog of poetry and other musings is TiaTalk at 


Gareth Howell

Gareth Gareth Howell is a Lecturer in Digital Media at De Montfort University and Research Fellow at the IOCT. He was a founding member of Digital Arts organization Active Ingredient and the new media platform event trampoline. He was also the director of the game cultures festival Screenplay. Gareth joined DMU from Loughborough University, where he was a Research Associate at the Animation Academy. During this time, he became interested in the relationship between comics and animation, digital narrative and participatory culture. Recently he set up and is managing the TRG Ning social network at He is blogging via Facebook at, and tweeting at @garethdoodles

Anietie Isong

Isong Anietie Isong is a PhD student at the IOCT. His research examines African writers and the internet. Anietie is also a fiction writer and public relations practitioner. He has won a Commonwealth Short Story Award and an Oluadah Equiano Prize for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in Farafina, Spirit of the Commonwealth, In Posse Review, and Okike. Anietie is a participating poet in the UNESCO-supported project ‘Dialogue among Civilisations.’ His work has also been broadcast on the BBC. Anietie’s recent short story Devotion is included in a new anthology Roads Ahead edited by Catherine O’Flynn for Tindal Street Press.

Jess Laccetti


Jess Laccetti was born in Italy and educated in Italy, Canada and England. She is currently lecturing at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta after a stint as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT) at De Montfort University, England. The IOCT is also where Jess started with her Ph.D thesis, “New Media Stories: Interactivity, Feminism and Narrative in New Media” which examines web fictions within a narrative and feminist theoretical context. Consequently she calls for a widening of certain narratological concepts such as “mimesis,” “communication” and “temporality.” Although Jess has lectured on a variety of topics, she specialises in new media and creative technologies. Her work has been published on and offline and Jess has presented papers in the U.K., Europe and Canada. However, when Jess isn’t embroiled in new media research or pedagogy, she is acting as social media consultant and facilitating connections and broadening reach. Connect with Jess via her musings or on twitter @JessL.

Kirsty McGill


Kirsty McGill is the Creative Director of communications and training firm TConsult Ltd.  As part of this diverse role, Kirsty delivers  professional blogging and event amplification services for conferences, creative uses of social media for business firms and specialist English tuition. A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University, Kirsty has a keen focus on translating the narratives of the physical world into the digital, where they are sometimes lost. This is best demonstrated by her model for an online guided tour LiveGuide. She is currently writing Mixed Blessings, a collection of short multimedia pieces examining the ways in which Christians use the internet to explore and live out their faith.

Souvik Mukerhjee

Souvik Mukherjee is an independent researcher working on digital game narratives. Besides his reearch on videogames, Souvik has also been involved in analysing the impact of social media projects on communities, especially in relation to transliteracy and business innovation., as a research fellow in the Film, Media and Journalism department of De Montfort University. He completed his PhD on storytelling in New Media, especially focusing on videogame narratives, from Nottingham Trent University and has published and presented papers on a range of related topics. Besides New Media, Souvik also takes a keen interest in e-learning and has been involved in analysing online media and virtual learning network usage in a higher education framework. After completing his project at DMU, he has returned to India, where he hails from, to develop New Media research networks. Souvik muses about his research on his blog Ludus ex Machina and tweets as @prosperoscell

Bobbi Newman


Bobbi is dedicated to helping libraries find their place in the digital age. She is passionate about 21st century literacies and the role of all libraries in equal access and opportunity for all. Her professional interests include digital and technology based services, the digital divide, and improving existing services through expanding traditional methods, while creating innovative new practices. On the personal side, she is on a never-ending quest for the perfect pair of shoes. Bobbi was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal in 2011. Her professional involvements and accomplishments include founding and coordinating the semi-annual Library Day in the Life Project. She is a frequent caller on T is for Training and a contributing editor and advocate at Library Renewal. In 2010 she co-founded Transliteracy Interest Group, LITA, ALA and served as Chair from 2010-2011. Bobbi co-founded and writes for the Libraries and Transliteracy Project. She was recently appointed as the LITA representative on the ALA OITP Digital Literacy Task Force and serves as an ALA Councilor-at-Large and on the OITP Advisory Committee. She shares her passions by consulting and speaking at local, national, and international conferences. She writes at Librarian by Day and Libraries and Transliteracy and lives in the USA.

Kate Pullinger


Kate Pullinger is Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University. She writes both in print and new media.  Her most recent novels include The Mistress of Nothing (2009, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), A Little Stranger (2006),  Weird Sister (1999) and the short story collection My Life as a Girl in a Men’s Prison (1997).   Her digital fiction projects include her multiple award-winning collaboration with Chris Joseph on ‘Inanimate Alice’, a multimedia episodic digital fiction – – and ‘Flight Paths’ – – a networked novel, created on and through the internet.


Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas is Professor of New Media in the Institute of Creative Technologies, Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Her most recent book is the cyberspace travelogue ‘Hello World: travels in virtuality‘ (2004). Other publications include the novels ‘Correspondence‘ (short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1992) and ‘Water’ (1994). She founded the trAce Online Writing Centre in 1995 where she was Artistic Director until 2005. Her research interests include transliteracy, social media, and transdisciplinarity. She is currently writing Nature and Cyberspace: Stories, Memes and Metaphors, a study of the relationships between cyberspace and the natural world. Twitter @suethomas

Christine Wilks


Christine Wilks is a digital writer and artist who creates rich-media works for the web at and engages in collaborative remixing at She also designs and creates e-learning experiences with Her digital fiction, ‘Underbelly’, won the MaMSIE Digital Media Competition 2011 and the New Media Writing Prize 2010 at Poole Literary Festival. Her work is published in online journals and anthologies, including the ‘Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2’, ‘Hyperrhiz, Issue 8’ and ‘Third Hand Plays’ at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Blog. She has presented her work at international festivals, conferences and arts events, including Neo-Victorian Art and Aestheticism 2011, Electronic Literature Organisation Conference 2010, e-Poetry 2009, Electronic Literature in Europe 2008 and Interactive Futures 2007. She graduated from the online MA in Creative Writing and New Media at DMU in 2008. Before becoming engrossed in the web, she made short films, videos, installations and wrote screenplays.

Dipping my toes in the water

Thank you, Sue, for welcoming us to the blog.

I'm looking forward to contributing some thoughts on my journey towards transliteracy, although not without some trepidation in the august presence of the other contributors. I've been online for the majority of most days in the past twelve years or so, but I'm a relative newbie when it comes to the in-depth exploration of the undulating and tangential web.

The MA in Creative Writing and New Media that I've just completed under the expert guidance of Sue Thomas and Kate Pullinger opened my eyes to art and content possibilities that I had not encountered before. Because I hadn't even known that they existed, I had never looked for them, despite my love affair with online search.

I suppose this is one of the most valuable things I took from the course: that the journey in the networked world is inevitably a communal one to at least some degree … to expand our knowledge and insight and to grow as 21st century people, we need not only our lovely machines and ever-cleverer software, but also other fellow travellers as companions and as guides. Otherwise, we are likely to follow only our own well-worn paths. These offer, of course, many joys and discoveries as sophisticated search tools enable us to mine the deepest seams in our areas of interest, but they may not challenge us to our full potential. 

For this reason, finishing my MA saddened me a little as it ended a time of sharing with the majority of the other students who have elected to do the course over two years and can look forward to another year of intense exchanges. So it was a relief to attend if:book's Fictional Stimulus launch event in London last Tuesday eve and realise that participation in the ongoing discovery and discussion of digital literature is still only a click away.

Splash! Splash! I'm in!

Welcoming new authors to the Transliteracy Research Blog

This month we welcome several new authors to the Transliteracy Blog. They'll introduce themselves over the next few days and weeks, and you'll enjoy their varied perspectives and insights into this research. Please welcome Tia Azulay, Heather Conboy, Gareth Howell, Anietie Isong, Jess Laccetti, Kirsty McGill, Kate Pullinger and Christine Wilks. I will of course also continue posting, so there will be 9 writers in all. Please post your comments and views as the spirit moves. Enjoy!

Transliteracy at Beyond Boundaries, 22 Sept 2009, Loughborough University

Today I ran a workshop on Transliteracy at
Beyond Boundaries: Facing interdisciplinary challenges in humanities A conference for postgraduate students in the East Midlands 
It was an interesting and thought-provoking event, and especially good to see such a mix of disciplines in one place. In my workshop there was a doctor retraining to be a forensic scientist, a linguistics specialist, a librarian, a computer scientist, and artists working in quite a few different fields. They drew some great diagrams of their personal networks and the literacies to be found within them, and we had a very illuminating discussion. I promised to share my somewhat basic slides, so here they are. Download Transliteracy workshop EMUA September 2009

Plus – as discussed in the workshop, Kate Hayles' provocative paper Hyper and Deep Attention: The Generational Divide in Cognitive Modes (although personally I'm not sure I agree that it is relevant to age.)

New Blog Platform

Followers of will notice that we have moved to a different blog platform. The content has been moved over and soon will be supplemented by writing from some new blog authors. Watch this space.

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The Futurizer from the Transliteracy Workshop uploaded into Second Life 
(by Chris Meade and Bruce Mason)