To boldly go …

We’re big fans of science fiction (and split infinitives) at Persian Cat Press.

Having grown up with the work of such visionary writers as Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Philip K Dick, and then later far-sighted directors like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott, we have a deep and abiding love for the science fiction genre in both literature and film.

While many science fiction narratives are set in a glittering future of teleporters, robots and faster-than-light travel, the very best science fiction – on the page or on the screen – has as much to say about the way we live today as the ways we might be living in the future.

We’re already addressing the genre with our forthcoming Solarized graphic novel, but we’re also now looking for original work that fits into the broad science fiction genre for an extraordinary and exciting new Persian Cat Press project.

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Young Adult authors: Call for submissions

It’s impossible to complete projects as complex and varied as Persian Cat Press apps solely with ‘in-house’ talent – fantastic though our dazzlingly talented staff members are.

With apps that encompass everything from scriptwriting, illustration, songwriting and music production to typography, animation, narration and game design, sometimes the skills we need simply have to be sourced from elsewhere.

Our first app The Gift: An Interactive Storybook, for example, involved no less than six separate creative teams working on the project simultaneously.

While we always have a very clear idea of the direction we want to go with our apps, we welcome the fresh perspectives and new ideas that creative partners from outside the company can bring.

So we’re thrilled to be able to announce that we are beginning to put together an exciting new Persian Cat Press project and we need some help in bringing it to fruition.

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Content, creation and curation

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is one of the most high profile events in the publishing calendar, gathering together some very talented people with a passionate interest in producing great reading experiences for kids.

This year the main festival at Bologna was prefaced by O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change for Publishing conference and our Creative Director Jos was invited to give a presentation about interactive storytelling.

Jos’ speech seemed to go down particularly well, with Italian journalist Ivan Rachieli describing it as “uno splendido intervento” on the Apogeonline website.

Here is Jos’ speech in full:

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Presenting the future

We’re delighted to announce that our Creative Director Jos Carlyle and Managing Director Martin David will be representing Persian Cat Press at the Bologna Tools of Change for Publishing Conference.

TOC Bologna is put together by our friends at O’Reilly Media in conjunction with Bologna Children’s Book Fair and starts this coming weekend.

Jos is speaking as an invited guest at TOC Bologna and will be discussing interactive storytelling and the changing ways in which information is being received by today’s audiences and how that might change in the future. She’ll also be talking about our experiences producing our first app, The Gift: An Interactive Storybook.

You can read more detail on Jos’ presentation here.

As Jos says, “With touchscreen technology, and the demand for ‘on demand’, we have multiple senses, multiple screens, multiple strands, all occurring simultaneously and being absorbed at breakneck speeds.”

“What do we do about this? How do we control this? Where are the common standards? And why do we need to start bringing industry barriers down?”

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Cat-Nav: How to guarantee an enthusiastic app review

Our stylish, informative and free-to-download Cat-Nav discovery app has proved to be a big hit with discerning iStory fans all around the world.

Persian Cat Press Marketing & PR Manager Sean Smith is responsible for commissioning the reviews on Cat-Nav, and here he talks about the thinking behind it.

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Guest post: Dave Windass on The Gift

Dave Windass is a Hull-based playwright with a background in journalism for The Stage, the Hull Daily Mail and the Big Issue in the North – where he worked with our Marketing & PR Manager Sean Smith.

These days, Dave spends his time writing plays like Sully and Thinspiration for Hull Truck Theatre and is currently developing a piece about the life of the British film mogul J Arthur Rank. He also spends a lot of time reading to his four-year-old son Finn.

Dave downloaded The Gift and gave us some lovely feedback through Twitter and iTunes so we asked him to tell us more. Over to Dave:

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