Version 1.2.1 out now! - with special features and added content, all FREE at the App Store!
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Make your Commute a Journey of Discovery!
With inspiring short stories set in cities around the globe, the Gimbal app puts international fiction at your fingertips.
Gimbal can find the perfect story to accompany your commute, according to journey-length, genre, location, and mode of transport. With stories by leading authors from five continents, there’s something to capture the imagination of even the most intrepid readers.
Listen to a story while watching it unfold on the ‘map’ feature, or read with Gimbal’s easy-on-the-eye eBook format. Each featured city has its own informative ‘key points of interest’ available along the way.
Version 1.2.1 features a whole new selection of fiction from a range of internationally renowned authors, and with new features including bookmarks, my downloads, social media sharing, and improved usability, Gimbal offers an experience that’s personalised to you.
* 'my downloads'
(for pre-downloading stories and browsing what you've downloaded before you travel)
* 'my bookmarks'
* 10 new stories
including a free bonus christmas story (unlocked if you tweat/FB about us)!!
Available in the App Store here.
Gimbal offers a new way of reading the city. Choose a city - anywhere in the world - and be transported to it by its fiction. Traverse its precincts. Map your way through its quarters or arrondissements. The Gimbal navigates as it narrates. With it you can travel by train, tram, metro, bus or indeed on foot, experiencing each new landscape through the eyes of a fictional character.
Designed with the commuter in mind, the Gimbal enables you to escape the tedium of your everyday 'known journey' and take an alternative route, a more scenic, imaginary one across the face of an unknown city. Choose a story according to the city you wish to visit, or the length of time you have to kill, and the 'LISTEN' function will lead you across an interactive map of that city accompanied by an audio reading.
Devised by Comma Press and Literature Across Frontiers (and in association with Aberystwyth University), and developed by Toru Interactive, Gimbal brings together the fruits of the LAF's 'Tramlines' project and the best of Comma's 'Reading the City' commissions.
'Multifaceted, multisensory... a very cool app, very deep.' - App Vader.
'A beautifully intuitive app.' - Transfiction.
'Downloading Gimbal means you can see the city through the eyes of fictitious characters, take imaginary journeys through literature, or experience an alternative view of familiar streets.'
Feature in The National 'The response to the app so far has been amazing. We expected people to like the content, but we’ve been surprised by how much people love the discoverability of stories within the app, too.'
Comma editor Jim Hinks on The Literary Platform 'Short stories translate well: the situations they depict are often more universal than the novel, and yet they cling to their original language less tenaciously than the poem. This makes them perfect vehicles for imaginary journeys into unfamiliar locations and cultures.'
Jim Hinks on Thresholds
Gimbal featured in the Independent on Sunday's Between the Covers, 26 May 2013 THE TRAMLINES PROJECT
'Tramlines' was a residency project hosted by Literature Across Frontiers which took place in 2012 and 2013 across eight European and North African cities. Writers from Alexandria, Barcelona, Brussels, Istanbul, Manchester, Prague, Riga and Zagreb were paired up and visited the other's city with the task of exploring each cityscape through its tram network, in order to write stories that uncovered hidden corners and engaged with local communities and commuters. The residency authors were: Roman Simic (from Zagreb visiting Manchester), Michelle Green (from Manchester visiting Zagreb), Inga Zolude (from Riga visiting Brussels), Koen Peeters (from Brussels visiting Riga), Eman Abdelhamid (from Alexandria visiting Barcelona), Francesc Serés (from Barcelona visiting Alexandria), Jana Šrámková (from Prague visiting Istanbul), and Nermin Yildirim (from Istanbul visiting Prague). READING THE CITY
'Reading the City' is an on-going anthology series commissioned by Comma Press to explore ways for fictional narratives and urban landscapes to interact. The series has produced eight anthologies to date, including Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East, Shi Cheng: Short Stories from Urban China, and Decapolis: Tales from Ten Cities. The series has so far covered over 50 cities and translated dozens of writers into English for the first time. 'Reading the City' is part of Comma's wider commitment to the short story as a uniquely portable or mobile literary form, able to transcend boundaries, be they cultural, linguistic or disciplinary. About Literature Across Frontiers
Literature Across Frontiers (LAF) is a European platform for literary exchange, translation and policy debate. It works with organisations and individuals across Europe and beyond to develop intercultural dialogue through literature and translation. LAF runs a series of activities and projects that create opportunities for new literary connections and collaborations, and brings to light lesser-translated literatures. It also monitors translation activities and debating policy in the field of literature and translation.
www.lit-across-frontiers.org About Comma Press
Comma Press is a National Portfolio Organisation and a not-for-profit publishing initiative dedicated to promoting new writing, with an emphasis on the short story. It is committed to a spirit of risk-taking and challenging publishing, free of the commercial pressures on mainstream houses.
www.commapress.co.uk THE CITIES, STORIES AND AUTHORS
Athens - Amanda Michaelopoulou - The Four Hundred Pleats - trans. Karen Emmerich
Alexandria* - Francesc Seres - The Route - trans. Anna Crowe
Baghdad - Hassan Blasim - The Reality and the Record - trans. Jonathan Wright
Barcelona* - Iman Hamid - Waiting for the Rain - trans. Alice Guthrie
Beijing - Xu Zechen - Wheels Are Round - trans. Eric Abrahamsen
Berlin - Sean O’Brien - Kiss Me Deadly on the Museum Island
Bremen - Claudia Parman - Midday Mania - trans. Rebecca Braun
Brussels* - Inga Zolude - Tramline 94 - trans. Ieva Lesinska
Dubai - Fadwa al-Qasem - The Week Before the Wife Arrived
Gdansk - Pawel Huelle - Bicycle Express - trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Hong Kong - Ho Sin Tung - Square Moon - trans. Petula Parris-Huang
Istanbul* - Jana Šrámková - Possibility I - trans. Alexandra Buchler
Leeds - Martyn Bedford - Letters Home
Liverpool - Margaret Murphy - False Light
London - Alison MacLeod - The Heart of Denis Noble
Newcastle - Sean O’Brien - Not in Gateshead Anymore
New York - Arnon Grunberg - The Melon - trans. Ron de Klerk & Lisa Friedman
Manchester* - Roman Simic - The Boy Knew No Fear - trans. Tomislav Kuzmanovic
Naples - Valeria Parella - Right In The Eyes - trans. C.D. Rose
Paris - David Constantine - A Paris Tale
Prague* - Nermin Yildririm - Untitled - trans. Hande Eagle
Reykjavik - Agust Borgthor Sverrisson - The First Day of the Fourth Week - trans. Vera Juliusdottir
Riga* - Koen Peeters - Tramline 11 - trans. Brian Doyle
Riyadh - Yousef al-Mohaimeed - There's No Room for a Lover in this City - trans. Anthony Calderbank
Salford - David Constantine - Beginning
Sarajevo - Zoe Lambert - The War Tour
Södertälje - Mirja Unge - It Was Just, Yesterday - trans. Kari Dickson
Venice - Christine Poulson - Don't You Hate Having Two Heads?
Zagreb* - Michelle Green - In Zero Gravity - (Croatian trans. Andrea Rozic)
Zurich - Pawel Huelle - Franz Carl Weber - trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones
The stories marked with a ** symbol were specially commissioned for the ‘Tramlines’ residency project.
Stories read by Penny MacDonald and Ryan Greaves
With additional readings by the authors Agust Borghthor Sverrison, Michelle Green, Roman Simic and others.
Concept: Ra Page & Jim Hinks
Programming design: Sean Toru and Aine Poole
Content Management: Jim Hinks
Readings: Penny MacDonald & Ryan Greaves
Design work: Luke Clifton, Chris Gillison, Sean Toru & Oban Jones.
New stories to be added by Ken MacLeod (Dunfirmline), Michael Jecks (Bern), and many others...
More about the Tramlines residency project here
About the authors:Michelle Green’s debut collection of short stories, about the Darfur civil war, is due out from Comma in 2013. Roman Simic is the Artistic Director for the Festival of the European Short Story. His own short stories have been translated into German, Spanish, Slovenian, Macedonian, Serbian and in Comma’s own Elsewhere anthology.
Photo of Roman Simic (c) Sarah Eyre.
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