Future Way: Glimpse a Part of Bristol Evolve Through the Eyes of Authors and Artists

Dream of a Shadow Project: Bridging the gap between reality and fantasy through storytelling – it all starts 2nd May

A few months ago I was commissioned by  the Dream of a Shadow Project to come up with five very short pieces of fiction for their Future Ways concept. Each of the five stories tie together to show different aspects of Redcliffe as it might be in the future, and ultimately in the very, very far future. Working with The Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Forum, Future Way seeks to engage the Bristol community in the redevelopment of the area through a playful and exciting exploration of the Redcliffe using a number of creatives.  A number of extremely talented authors are involved, folks I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know in recent months as Bristol’s storytelling scene continues to boil over.

“This is an amazing first-of-its-kind, art project collaborating with published authors, local writers, artists, architects and community groups to challenge the way we view our city.”

David J Rodger with QRcode giving access to one part of Redcliffe Requiem in Bristol - organised by the Dream of a Shadow Project for Future Ways

David J Rodger with QR code giving access to one part of Redcliffe Requiem


Stories are “tagged” to locations within Redcliffe forming a series of fictional trails to be followed through the physical city. These tags can be scanned via QR codes, and accessed via a password located on the tag, revealing a virtual fiction which immerses the reader between realities in a format used by the very successful Bristol Story Trail.

See  the future of Redcliffe in Bristol - Dream of a Shadow Project Bridging the gap between reality and fantasy through storytelling

This experience kicks-off on the 2nd May, at the start of the bank holiday weekend.

“So explore, play and enjoy as you discover a new magic to Redcliffe and unlock its hidden futures.”

These were the planet's final moments - Redcliffe Requiem QR Code for Future Ways project, a short story by Science Fiction Dark Fantasy author David J Rodger

These were the planet’s final moments – Redcliffe Requiem QR Code


To find trail points, check out the Future Way Map.


Your experiences of the Redcliffe Future Way are crucial in making projects like this happen again, so please leave your feedback in the comments below, via Twitter or by emailing livingfictionbristol@gmail.com.

What does your future Redcliffe hold?

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