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Where Do Stories Come From?

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Sat 30 Oct

Multiple days: Online

Online Workshop Free Digitech

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Join Tash Aw in writing a story using computer-generated imaging and machine learning

Many of us dream of writing a novel but can’t imagine where to start. Enter the mind of award-winning novelist Tash Aw and join him in writing a story. Using computer-generated imaging and responsive machine learning, this interactive tool will transport you 6,000 miles away to Hong Kong where the story begins. 

You will take over the writing and decide what happens. Access from your own device, or via the Millennium Library by booking a PC.

Cost: Free, drop-in

Recommended age: 16+

This project is part of the UEA’s flagship Future and Form project. Brought to you by Future and Form and the University of East Anglia. 

About Tash Aw

Born in Taiwan to Malaysian parents, Tash Aw grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to England in his teens. He studied law at the University of Cambridge and University of Warwick, then moved to London to write. 

After graduating he worked at a number of jobs, including as a lawyer for four years whilst writing his debut novel, which he completed during the creative writing course at the University of East Anglia. Based on royalties as well as prizes, Aw is the most successful Malaysian writer of recent years. Following the announcement of the Booker longlist, the Whitbread Award and his Commonwealth Writers' Prize, he became a celebrity in Malaysia and Singapore, and is now one of the most respected literary figures in Southeast Asia.

About Future and Form

Future and Form explores possible new futures for literature in the digital age. Established and cutting-edge writers are working with creative digital technologists and cultural partners across the East Anglian region to produce innovative and interactive literary experiments.

About the University of East Anglia

Tackling global challenges, striving for student and staff success, and creating a vibrant and inclusive environment, the University of East Anglia is an anchor institution in the Norwich and Norfolk community. See what makes UEA special and plan your visit at

Organiser details: Future and Form