In December 1992 Ella-Louise Wilson boarded the Greyhound Coach for Sydney leaving behind the small coastal town of Piper’s Reach and her best friend and soulmate, Jude Smith. After twenty years of silence, a letter arrives at Piper’s Reach reopening wounds that never really healed.
When the past reaches into the future, is it worth risking a second chance?
Post Marked: Piper’s Reach is an ambitious collaborative project between Jodi Cleghorn and Adam Byatt traversing an odd path between old and new forms of communication, differing modalities of storytelling and mixed media, all played out in real and suspended time. The project has at its heart a love of letter writing and music.
The letters are handwritten and posted in “real time.”
“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” ~ Phyllis Theroux
Post Marked: Piper’s Reach aims are to:
- rediscover the love of letters (writing and receiving), and by extension, reintroduce readers to the form.
- write a serial narrative in a non-traditional form.
- write a serial which brings together the best of new and old technology to create a cross-platform merging of digital and paper, instant and delayed gratification, music and prose.
- work collaboratively.
- utilise an organic narrative development process to as closely model a real exchange of letters and reveal between characters.
- explore the different impacts real time and delayed gratification have on the process of writing, character and narrative development.
- participate in a writing project which is fun and does not require massive investments of time in editing and redrafting, which slots between, and complements, existing writing projects and professional relationships.