The Hidden Stories app delves deep into the untold history of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, bringing the area to life through poetry, plays and narrative non-fiction.
The app operates via locative technology that triggers fragments of writing at specific locations; the texts are effectively connected with the location and history they are exploring, with content being unlocked as the user moves around the area.
Each text is displayed differently within the app, taking advantage of the framework to emphasise the ideas being presented by the writers and reflecting the concept of hidden stories.
Hidden Stories was commissioned by Phoenix and developed by Cuttlefish Multimedia as part of Affective Digital Histories, a research project investigating how communities change with urban decline and regeneration. The five pieces of creative writing used in the app were commissioned and edited by Corinne Fowler, director of the University of Leicester’s Centre for New Writing. To find out more visit affectivedigitalhistories.org.uk.
Get the app on Android here or iPhone here, or search for Hidden Stories Leicester in Google Play or the App Store.
HIDDEN STORIES BOOK
We’ve published a book to complement the Hidden Stories app. The book – edited by Corinne Fowler – is an illustrated collection of all the creative writing commissions from the Affective Digital Histories project, including unabridged versions of the stories from the app. The book is available to buy online for £4 (p&p extra).