“The Endless Story” is a collaborative novel, written by on Twitter by an endless ensemble of authors. It was initiated by this tweet by Australian writer Nick Earns, and you can write your own chapter on Twitter using the hashtag #EndlessStory14. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are the best chapters of the Endless Story so far.
Imagine a story written by an infinite number of writers. An endless ensemble of literary minds, inviting endless possibilities.
For this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival, we are inviting you to participate in the “Endless Story” project, a collective novel written on Twitter by writers from all over the world, around the hashtag #EndlessStory14. The beginning of the story was tweeted by MWF 2014 artist Nick Earls, and the rest is up to you.
“It’s down at the lake”, she said. But he knew what was in that water, and he was determined to never go back #EndlessStory14
Between Friday 22 and Sunday 31 August, Melbourne Writers Festival will track every tweet with the #EndlessStory14 hashtag, and will retweet the best one every day. The most creative, original contribution to the Endless Story will be awarded with these custom Melbourne Writers Festival Moleskine notebooks – so you might want to give it a try!
On September 6th, the Covent Garden neighborhood in London will turn into a sketcher’s paradise.
The Covent Garden Moleskine Store and London Graphic Centre will open their doors to artists and art fans alike, in a day-long celebration of urban sketching. Visitors will have the chance to sketch one of London’s most charming neighborhoods and exhibit their work in-store, guided by 4 accomplished artists from the global collective Urban Sketchers - James Hobbs, Adebanji Alade, Olha Pryymak and Andrea Joseph.
James Hobbs is a founding member of London Urban Sketchers, and a seasoned artist with over 30 years of sketching under his belt. His book Sketch Your World recently hit the stores, and his work was presented at events such as the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition. James’ learning sessions will teach different ways to approach urban sketching, and he will guide participants as they undertake their own drawings in and around Covent Garden. You can book a free learning session with James on Eventbrite, at 11.30 or 4pm.
Adebanji Alade is an award-winning artist, teacher and photographer working in Chelsea, London. He will introduce some of his favorite sketching techniques and tools, as well as help participants get comfortable with sketching in public. His two learning sessions will be held in the Covent Garden Moleskine Store, and you can book yours on Eventbrite, at 11.30am or 4pm.
Olha Pryymak is a decorated artist whose work was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and the Royal Academy as well as galleries in Italy, Ukraine and England. You can book your free learning session with Olha at the Covent Garden Moleskine Store on Eventbrite.
Andrea Joseph is a Welsh illustrator living and working in the Peak District. Her learning session will be both motivational and technical, as she will be talking about overcoming fears of drawing in public, with the use of some techniques including blind contour. You can book your free learning session with Andrea at London Graphic Centre on Eventbrite.
You can learn more about the Urban Sketchers collective on the official website.
Moleskine City Stories London is the second chapter of the Moleskine City Stories series, which began in New York, on May 17th.
Of the great book that is the world, one must read as many pages as she can.
We firmly believe that travelling can make you richer. This is why we decided to celebrate the launch of the new Moleskine Voyageur – the travellers’ notebook – with a special edition of the Moleskine Creativity Challenge titled “I am Here”.
The final prize is a Moleskine travel supply, guaranteed to make your next journey a memorable one.
All it takes to enter is:
- a camera, or any mobile phone that takes photos
- the “I am Here” Voyageur sign (available here in the “Voyageur” section, or on the back of the paperband of the Voyageur notebook)
- one good destination. Or more.
To enter the Creativity Challenge, take the “I am Here” sign with you on the road while you travel, and use it to show us where you’ve been. Just like this:
Once you’ve taken your photo, post it here with the tag #M_iamhere, and you’re good to go! You obviously can upload as many destinations as you want, and if you’re unsure how to do it, simply watch the Voyageur video for inspiration.
Good luck, and bon Voyage!
It’s well known that for many writers a Moleskine notebook is an essential tool for capturing ideas and thoughts, which may go on to become novels, articles and important texts. Most readers don’t get to see this part of the writing process; often only privy to the published ending. But as this first stage of creativity is the most important, we unearthed a few notebooks from our Detour archive to share with you. Read the descriptions below and watch the videos to see just how precious handwritten words can be.
For more information on what Detour is, click here.
Chinese writer and blogger Han Han might have had several works censored by Chinese authorities, but his unique way of thinking has made him one of the most-read writers in modern China. And as a rally champion, it’s obviously not just his mind that’s racing. His Moleskine notebook is full of detailed notes, joined together by arrows and lines, showing just how intricate his thought process is.
Sometimes writing travels off the page and turns into music. Urban poet MC Yan counts both modern hip hop beats and traditional Chinese poetry amongst his influences. His Moleskine notebook has always been his on-the-go “thinking tool”, faithfully storing the ideas that come to him when he’s walking the streets. Having experienced life in both China and the west, Syan writes both horizontally from left to right, or vertically from right to left, when writing in Chinese characters.
For his contribution to Detour, MC Yan explores the interaction between the notebook and its filmed form, playing with the way a thought is written and could be read, and the order and disorder its pages convey.
Javier Marías Franco
Spanish writer and translator Javier Marías Franco filled a Japanese Album with notes and texts which, when fully opened out, gives the effect of a long scroll punctuated with word after word of prose.
It would be wrong to label Pulitzer prize finalist Dave Eggers just as a writer; he is also a philanthropist, lecturer and publisher and has been branded an “education activist” by TED. His notebook is filled with line drawings accompanied by short captions; snippets of thoughts and little observations jotted down day by day.