Two cities, each overlapping the other.
Two people who can no longer remember
each other's existence.
A singular reading experience.
Starts 20th April 2013. Bristol
These Pages Fall Like Ash.
Composed by Tom Abba and Duncan Speakman, with creative input from award winning authors Neil Gaiman and Nick Harkaway, this is a story told across two books. One is a beautiful, crafted physical artefact, the other a digital text on hard drives hidden across a real city and read on your mobile device. The two books will come together and provide a unique reading experience.
This is about a moment when two cities overlap. They exist in the same space and time, but they aren't aware of each other. It's a tale about two people who have become separated, one in each world, about their fading memory of each other and their struggle to reconnect.
One of the cities is your own; you become part of the narrative as you travel, moving from place to place. Your version of the story becomes about you and your place in your own city, about what you would hold on to, about what you would fight to remember.
How do I take part and read it?
Buying a ticket for this project gets you one copy of a limited edition book with a custom wooden cover; it's yours to keep forever. Over the course of just under three weeks the book will become a guide to your journeys through Bristol.
The rest of the story is digital text hidden around the city. To read it you'll need your own smartphone (tablets are fine too, and laptops can be possible). You can participate casually, taking time out of your lunch break or walk to work, or put aside an afternoon each week and explore the city as you're never seen it before. Either way this project is only suitable if you will be in Bristol (UK) on a regular basis between the end of April and the beginning of May.
The narrative is written to be read alone, the way you'd treat an everyday book, but if you want to take part as a group, you'd be very welcome. You can start on the 20th, or join the story within the first week or so and catch up.
Everything will be over before the 8th of May.
If you have any other questions please feel free to send an email to
Book a ticket
Tickets are currently on sale through the Watershed.
The project is in an experimental stage, and as such is offered for the reduced price of £12 (£10 concessions), for which you'll keep the wooden notebook and experience a first of its kind narrative experience.
As this project is sited in Bristol (UK) it's not going to be suitable for overseas (or even long distance) audiences. We are planning to release similar projects over the next year that will work all over the world, if you'd like to find out about those please do subscribe to our newsletter.
It has been developed at the Pervasive Media Studio.
with support from
Infrastructure - Tom Melamed
Location management - Ruth Essex
Historical notes - Eugene Byrne
Books printed by Whitehall
these pages fall like ash is a product of circumstance