Are you interested in the future of content publishing? Are you a writer, artist, technologist or researcher engaged in finding new ways to tell stories to new audiences? Are you keen to hear from people working across books, digital, sound, video, AR, VR, and games? MIX 2021 offers an opportunity to join us as we think about the future of content creation and publishing.

MIX is a four-day conference that explores the intersection of writing and technology, bringing together people from around the world to make, think and talk. We are looking for writers, artists, practitioners, researchers and creative technologists to share their projects, research and practice through papers or presentations.

In 2021, MIX will be a collaboration with Bristol+Bath Creative R+D’s project, Amplified Publishing, exploring future models of content creation, discovery and distribution. B+B R+D is funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, exploring new and innovative applications of technology across the sector and boosting the creative economy. Our other partners will include Paper Nations, a creative writing incubator championing approaches to the art of writing that are inclusive, playful and exploratory.

After the success of the last five MIX conferences, held across our Bath Spa University campuses, the conference returns in a hybrid form with an increased focus on making alongside two of our other favourite activities, thinking and talking. We are currently planning for a blended event that brings people together online and, if possible, at our gorgeous new Locksbrook campus, which houses our schools of art and design. We will be hosting two days of making on Saturday 3rd July and Sunday 4th July followed by two days of papers, presentations and discussions on Monday 5th July and Tues 6th July. This includes a poetry film screening on the theme of Amplified Voices curated by Adrian B Earle from Think/Write/Fly and Sarah Tremlett from Liberated Words.

We are proud that Bath Spa University is the UK’s foremost provider of creative writing programmes at undergraduate, masters and PhD level and MIX is situated within the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, in collaboration with the Centre for Media Research, Creative Writing Research Centre, and the online magazine of writing and technology, The Writing Platform.