On May 2nd 2016 Ian Irvine (Hobson) delivered a talk for the Philosophy in the Library group on a key theme in The City of Quartz (a novel) i.e. the fascination we have for fictional versions of parallel worlds/parallel realities and counterfactuals. The novel is the first of the 5 book Songs of the Interstitium series – which will also unfolds as a multi-platform project. The City of Quartz is set in an alternative central Victoria and explores both alternative reality and alternative selves tropes.

This site will act as a hub for a range of entrance points to the story  (both old media and new media). As the project unfolds through five novels, multiple poetry collections, various non-fiction articles, the songs of a parallel reality band called Interstitium, online courses on various imaginative topics etc. we will slowly introduce ‘participatory creativity’ experiences that will allow audiences to inhabit (and perhaps partially create) some of the worlds Rowan Sweeney and his band of creative misfits and doppelganger selves find themselves in. Around 70 people attended the event at the Bendigo Library and dozens of fascinating questions were asked as the draft cover of The City of Quartz was unveiled for the first time …

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