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Children’s Magical Realism for New Spatial Interactions: Augmented Reality and the David Almond Archives

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Kim Reynolds, Dr Tom Schofield, Dr Diego Trujillo Pisanty



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This article draws on a multi-disciplinary project based on the David Almond archives at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The project combined archival research, augmented reality (AR) technology, Almond’s magical realist writing and experimental workshops to explore whether AR can enhance young people’s engagement with archives and literature. In the process it highlighted the extent to which Almond’s fiction is itself a form of augmentation that represents a particular geographical location—the North East of England—in ways that challenge official accounts of that place. This aspect of Almond’s writing corresponds to what Michel de Certeau describes as tactical spatial practice and is closely associated with some forms of AR.

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Author(s): Reynolds K, Schofield T, Trujillo-Pisanty D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Children's Literature in Education

Year: 2020

Volume: 51

Issue: 4

Pages: 502-518

Print publication date: 01/12/2020

Online publication date: 29/06/2019

Acceptance date: 31/05/2019

Date deposited: 02/07/2019

ISSN (print): 0045-6713

ISSN (electronic): 1573-1693

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s10583-019-09389-2


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