Lecturer Wins Research Award

8 December 2017

Dr Hannah Wood has been awarded the Springer Best Paper Award at the 10th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS).

The paper - Dynamic Syuzhets: Writing and Design Methods for Playable Stories - examines how writers can use and adapt dramatic techniques to deliver player agency and narrative affect in interactive storytelling. It was presented at the conference last month and is also published in the accompanying Springer Interactive Storytelling book series.

The paper emerged from a close analysis of the Story Exploration Game genre of video games, comparison with interactive theatre and reflection on Hannah's own creative work. It followed Hannah's PhD thesis, which explored the negotiation of narrative and player agency in live, digital and live-digital hybrid works.

Hannah Wood is a lecturer, writer, narrative/game designer, performer and interactive artist. She recently developed a theatre adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches and wrote for a video game about aliens and secrets. You can find out more about her work at Story Juice.

ICIDS is the annual gathering of developers, practitioners and theorists presenting and sharing the latest innovations, insights and techniques in the expanding field of interactive storytelling and the technologies that support it.