Gemma Seltzer


I create digital writing projects that uncover the layers of the city.




Live Writing Series

The Live Writing Series saw courageous authors and poets creating original work for public and online audiences in venues across London during autumn 2013.

Every word written appeared on a big screen for venue audiences to watch. Followers could also catch each keystroke, dramatic pause and perfectly crafted sentence online as it happened.

Events included novelist Joe Dunthorne writing about the worst football team in the world at the Jewish Museum and a beautiful ode to a belovedŐs name by Daljit Nagra in the Royal Festival Hall.

Developed and managed with transmedia writer David Varela, the Live Writing Series offered audiences an unique insight into how writers write.

Take a look at the website here.


5am London

The collaboration 5am London is fictional photoblog which captures the city during the early hours of the day.

"On 31 March I received an anonymous text message at exactly 5am. It was a simple note saying, 'I don't know when I'll be home.' No name, no questions.

I lay awake wondering who might have sent this message and who they thought I was. I decided that the only way to find out would be to put myself in their shoes: away from home and awake at 5am."

Hear our reflections on the project on the Time Out London blog and see the full project here.


The View from Here

During February, as part of Jewish Book Week 2013, I wrote a series of live stories based on my observations of the festival crowds.

For 'The View from Here', I created fictional pieces out of random interactions and conversations between friends and strangers. These were projected simultaneously onto a screen. Unknown to others, they were planting seeds for a story...

From 12pm to 1.30pm on Sunday 24 February 2013, the stories unfolded:

LIVE at Jewish Book Week's 'Live Literary Lounge', in the Kings Place lobby and online, at www.theviewfromhere2013.tumblr.com


Look Up at the Sky

I developed the project Look Up at the Sky to explore the peace and the pauses in London.

From Hampton Court to the Thames Barrier, I strolled from bridge to bridge along the Thames and wrote about the experience.

Look up at the Sky collected Peaceful Places in London, which was featured on the Time Out blog. Are there any missing? It's not too late to add your favourite spot!

I was asked to create a list of top 10 peaceful places for the Londonist, and for the Guardian travel pages.

You can see the complete work on the original blog.


Speak to Strangers

One hundred stories, each of a hundred words, about London.

During a hundred day period, I recorded my interactions with members of the public in a daily blog with each entry limited to one hundred words.

Readers were encouraged to speak to strangers and uploaded their own stories to the website too.

The blog was published as a book by Penned in the Margins in 2011. Find out more on the dedicated Speak to Strangers minisite.