Clark, Lynda

Dr

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, English
  • Source: Scopus
20152020

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Biography

Prior to joining the InGAME (Innovation in Games and Media Enterprise) project here at Dundee, I was Innovation Fellow at the British Library working on the Emerging Formats project which aims to extend the Library's knowledge of new UK publications. My focus was on web-based interactive fiction (IF), and I curated a collection of contemporary British works, wrote reports on the state of the field and existing use of web-archiving tools for IF, and developed my own creative piece 'The Memory Archivist' which was inspired by and reflected on the creation of the curated collection. In 2019 'The Memory Archivist' won the British Library Labs Artistic Award and was shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize.

My creative-critical PhD focused on the effect of reader/player responses on the development of narrative, and included an online interactive novella, Writers Are Not Strangers. The critical analysis of the reader/player response to interactive and serial works is written largely in second person and presented as an interactive website with the intent of challenging and expanding notions of the PhD thesis format.

Much of my work is practice-based, and therefore I have published numerous short stories across a variety of publications, including 'Ghillie's Mum' which won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Europe and Canada 2018 and was shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Award 2019 and the ALCS Tom Gallon Trust Award 2020. My debut novel Beyond Kidding was published by Fairlight Books in October 2019, and was optioned by Film4 in June 2020. My first short story collection is forthcoming from Fairlight Books in May 2021.

Research interests

Interactive fiction

Speculative fiction

Episodic and serial fiction 

AI storytelling

Videogame narrative

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Nottingham Trent University

20152019

Award Date: 11 Jul 2019

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