The #Twitterfiction Festival 2014
ran from 12th-16th March, and some wonderfully inventive stories came out of just using 140 character tweets. The romance category was represented by best-selling British novelist @KatieFforde, who live-tweeted from the perspective of a young woman on her twentieth blind date. @GraemeSimsion, author of The Rosie Project
, tweeted the conversation between Gene (who’s been caught cheating his wife) and his friend Don, who’s giving him advice. Simsion’s followers were invited to join in the debate as the dialogue unfolded.
Another story I enjoyed was by @lizfremantle, author of Queen’s Gambit, who told the tale of the rise and fall of Ann Boleyn from the perspective of her dog (#TudorDog). I also really loved a non-fiction account by @adampopescu about his climb of Mount Everest, which included some stunning photos.
Here’s a selection of tweets from my two favourites of the Festival. First of all, @MeghnaPant retold the whole of The Mahabharata in an amazing 100 tweets. (The Mahabharata is an epic Sanskrit poem, the longest poem ever written, containing more than 1.8 million words.)
Here are the first five tweets (summing up approximately 90,000 words :) )
(I love the ‘in huff’)
The rest of the 95 tweets were a superb and massively dramatic summing up of the whole poem. It was brilliant!
Another story I loved was from @laraprescott. She told a story in “real time”, with pictures and videos, of a group of people caught up in a political protest when a bomb goes off in a shopping mall. This retelling really used Twitter to its best advantage, I thought, and was highly imaginative, using separate Twitter accounts which the author had created for each character.
Here’s how it started off:
And this is how the story escalates. (You’ll have to read the following tweets backwards, from the bottom of the page up.)
@ItsMeCala Mar 14 .@Always_Alia Dont. Please