Keynote Speakers

We were delighted to welcome Kate Feld and Jim Hinks as the keynote speakers at the storymaking symposium to discuss their work with digital narrative.

Kate Feld

Journalist Kate Feld
Journalist Kate Feld working in Evelyns Cafe.

Kate Feld is a writer based in Manchester. She is director of writing organisation Openstories, whose past projects include Rainy City Stories, which published new writing linked to locations around greater Manchester on a digital map of the city, and The Blog North Awards. Openstories has just won Arts Council funding to expand its creative nonfiction writing development project The Real Story ( – which aims to help people create, publish and perform writing drawn from their own life experiences.

She lectures in digital journalism at the University of Salford, works at Manchester Literature Festival, teaches writing workshops and hosts literary events. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in minor literature[s], Caught by the River, Neon, Banshee and Mostly Truthful: The Flax Anthology of Creative Nonfiction. Her professional site is at and she tweets @katefeld

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Kate Feld from Media Production at LJMU on Vimeo.

Jim Hinks

Jim, Digital Editor at Comma Press in Manchester, will be speaking about MacGuffin, Comma’s new self-publishing platform for fiction and poetry. It’s perfect for people who like having stories read to them – everything on there is in both text and audio form. MacGuffin’s designed to help readers find new writing they’ll love, and help writers find new readers. Any user can add tags to anyone else’s work to describe the content, create a reading list, or add it to meme.

It’s free to use for readers and writers, and anyone can publish their work on there. There’s lots of great content by Comma writers, along with other fiction and poetry publishers and spoken-word nights, including Bloodaxe, Valley Press, Flapjack, Carcanet and Peepal Tree.

See more here:

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Jim Hinks from Media Production at LJMU on Vimeo.