The guys at Comma Press have sent me an email telling me all about Gimbal. It’s their new Iphone app and the idea is to get people reading fiction on the move. I thought I looked pretty damn neat, so I thought I would share it with you.  So, here’s a peak at the info from the email they sent me:

Presenting…. GIMBAL!
       Comma Press    Literature Across Frontiers
     Comma Press and Literature Across Frontiers present
Gimbal Navigate the City Through FictionGimbal app icon
‘A beautifully intuitive app.’  – Transfiction

**Download Gimbal for FREE from the app store today!** 

Download on the App Store

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 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.
”We have to decide where literature stands in regards to new technology. Some apps and e-books are finding ways to work in video or audio, and publishers need to engage with it. There’s lots of innovation happening, and we’re happy to be part of that.”
– Comma Press founder Ra Page in The Bookseller
‘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’ 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 EastShi 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.
For a full list of the app’s stories, authors and translators, click
‘Tramlines’ is a Literature Across Frontiers project, in cooperation with Comma Press (UK), supported by the European Union’s Cultural ProgrammeArts Council England and local partners Gudran Association for Art and Development and El Cabina venue (Alexandria),Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture (Barcelona), Passa Porta House and Passa Porta Festival (Brussels), Latvian Literature Centre and Prose Readings Festival (Riga), FRA Bookstore and Cafe and Literary Academy (Prague), Croatian Writers Association and Festival  of the European Short Story (Zagreb), Kalem Culture and Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival(Istanbul), LAF, Comma Press and Manchester International Literature Festival (Manchester) . The iPhone app is developed by Toru Interactive.
              Literature Across Frontiers             Comma Press        Toru Interactive      European Commission

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