Lyle Skains

Lyle Skains
Bournemouth University | BU · Faculty of Media and Communication

PhD, MPW, BA, BS
Working on science communication and health education through interactive digital narrative - http://playablecomms.org

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Introduction
Lyle Skains is currently a Principal Academic in Health and Science Communication, Faculty of Media & Communication, Bournemouth University. Lyle does practice-based research in Creative Writing & Digital Media, and in using interactive digital narratives for science and health communication. She also runs the independent publishing company Wonderbox Publishing, focusing on publishing avenues for digital fiction.
Additional affiliations
September 2020 - present
Bournemouth University
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2020 - August 2020
Manchester Metropolitan University
Position
  • Senior Lecturer
April 2011 - December 2019
Bangor University
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
September 2008 - March 2014
Bangor University
Field of study
  • Creative Writing & Digital Media
September 2003 - May 2005
University of Southern California
Field of study
  • Professional Writing
September 1999 - May 2001
University of New Mexico
Field of study
  • English - Creative Writing

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Publications (37)
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Climate change poses a serious existential threat to life on our planet. If we are to mitigate against the most damaging impacts of climate change, we need citizens who are willing and able to make changes to their individual behaviours, but who are also politically engaged and motivated to advocate for systemic change; we need citizens who are Cli...
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We designed and pilot tested “You and CO 2 ”, a program designed to encourage students to reflect on their personal impact on the environment, while also appreciating their place within society to bring about positive societal change. Over three interlinked workshops, students analysed the carbon footprints of some everyday activities, which they t...
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This paper presents a new engagement model for climate change education (CCE) as a result of analysing interactive digital narratives (IDNs) created during the You and CO2 Climate Change Education Programme. Young people aged 13–15 from two schools in Wales participated in three workshops, which culminated in students producing IDNs about climate c...
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This paper presents a new engagement model for climate change education (CCE) as a result of analysing interactive digital narratives (IDNs) created during the You and CO2 Climate Change Education Programme. Young people aged 13-15 from two schools in Wales participated in three workshops, which culminated in students producing IDNs about climate c...
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Hyperlinks are a distinguishing feature of hypertext fictions, a form of digital fiction in which individual units of electronic texts – known as lexias – and/or other material, such as recordings and videos, are organised and connected through hyperlinks (Ensslin and Skains 2017). Numerous typologies have categorised the different types and functi...
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School students are growing up in a world with a rapidly changing climate, the effects of which will become increasingly apparent during their lifetimes. We designed and pilot tested “You and CO2”, a STEAM program designed to encourage students to reflect on their personal impact on the environment, while also appreciating their place within societ...
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Teaching creative writing has evolved beyond the workshop; to best serve our students, it calls for a multi-pronged, mixed-methods approach that prepares students not only in terms of critical thinking and craft, but also in terms of skills and vocation. Shifts in creative writing and publishing contexts call for broader inclusion of publishing and...
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Today’s creative writers are immersed in a multiplicative, multimodal—digital—universe. It requires “multiliteracies”, all in a constantly and rapidly evolving technological environment, which are not yet fundamentally integrated into the basic literacy skills entrenched in school learning. How can creative writing instructors in higher education b...
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Based on a larger practice-based research project in digital writing, this article examines how the materiality of digital media contributes to a layered metaphor that delivers meaning, reflects on the cognitive processes (the writer’s and the reader’s) of navigation and generates a dynamic narrative structure through multimodality, unnatural narra...
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This Element looks at contemporary authorship via three key authorial roles: indie publisher, hybrid author, and fanfiction writer. The twenty-first century's digital and networked media allows writers to disintermediate the established structures of royalty publishing, and to distribute their work directly to - and often in collaboration with - th...
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Marginalia has been studied as discourse, as historical documentation, and as evidence of reader response. As many academic texts are now available electronically, it seems a natural step to incorporate the interactive, social functions of the Web 2.0. Digital marginalia in an academic publishing context has been a largely unsuccessful venture to t...
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Abstract: Today’s creative writers are immersed in a multiplicative, multimodal—digital—universe. It requires “multiliteracies”, all in a constantly and rapidly evolving technological environment, which are not yet fundamentally integrated into the basic literacy skills entrenched in school learning. This paper outlines a module in which I incorpor...
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Teaching creative writing has evolved beyond the workshop; to best serve our students, it calls for a multi-pronged, mixed-methods approach that prepares students not only in terms of critical thinking and craft, but also in terms of skills and vocation. Shifts in creative writing and publishing contexts call for broader inclusion of publishing and...
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In: Textus 2018(2), pp.41-57. "Dissonant fabulation" describes an emerging genre of fictional narratives in online spaces whose generic conventions construct expectations of realism. This genre is defined not as a form but as a mode of written communication that uses its genre's conventions and expectations even while subverting them to inspire so...
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Many creative writers are turning to digital media and multimodal composition as an emerging genre of storytelling; many, however, do not have sufficient familiarity with digital tools to compose digital texts. Digital literacy is still an emerging area of pedagogy; online literacy and multimedia composition are becoming more prominent in classroom...
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In recent years artistic practice has developed into a major focus of research activity, both as process and product, and discourse in various disciplines have made a strong case for its validity as a method of studying art and the practice of art. This paper presents a methodological approach to creative practice as research, and includes an overv...
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This article reflects on the findings of the interdisciplinary 'TransForm' project, which ran between 2012 and 2014 and aimed to explore how reading and writing digital fictions might support young women in developing frameworks for more positive thinking regarding their body image. The project comprised the following stages: (1) a review and compi...
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Appropriation is a common practice in art and literature; electronic literature in particular lends itself readily to appropriation and collaboration, due to its multimodal and born-digital nature. This paper presents practice-based research examining the effects of digital appropriation on two works of digital fiction (a hyperfiction and an intera...
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As society as a whole moves more and more into the multiplicative frames of the digital world, it is important to understand how using these interfaces affects how we think and how we communicate. In this paper, the focus is on a creative genre of human communication: narrative. Emerging technologies have historically had various impacts on narrati...
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In the fields of literature, creative writing, and media studies, creative practice and critical analysis have long been parallel and complementary activities; the poet’s creative experience gives her unique insights into the poetry of others. Direct experimentation for the purposes of critical research, however, has long been relegated to science....
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Interstellar (Nolan, 2014) summed up a disturbing trend in current cultural attitudes, as Collette Wolfe’s schoolteacher chastises former astronaut Matthew McConaughey for encouraging his daughter’s “belief” in the now-branded-as-hoax 1969 moon landing. In a wasteland resulting from environmental collapse, science has become dark, superstitious mag...
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This paper examines Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Wright, 2010) as a multimodal text, exploring the ways in which the film’s appropriation of aesthetic, semiotic, and narrative tropes from graphic novels and early graphic videogames invites the audience to participate in the narrative, even while it is delivered through the physically passive, deint...
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Neil Gaiman’s storyworlds portray the fantastic as representative of the ‘other’, initially unseen or unacknowledged, a source of fear and prejudice. In contrast to many other texts, however, Gaiman’s other is eventually not only accepted, but embraced. While many fictions actively repudiate otherness (killing the monsters, returning to the "real"...
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The materiality of fiction narratives is, ironically, a rather intangible concept, particularly as the notion of materiality traditionally relates to specifically tangible tools of creation — such as the painter’s brush or the sculptor’s clay. The materiality of digital artifacts lies only superficially in the haptic hardware of screens, keyboards,...
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Emerging technologies have historically had various impacts on narrative fiction, from the emergence of mimetic narratives in novel form, to the camera's influence on techniques such as flashback, and character gaze and perspective. These technologies can be seen to engage in an authorial partnership with the composer, “collaborating to create new...
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Digital technology enables artists - photographers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, illustrators, animators, etc. - to place their work not in a strictly definable where, but effectively everywhere (everywhere, that is, where infrastructure and access are available). Where once the lines between author, text, and reader could be drawn with linear v...
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Facilitated by Web 2.0 applications, contemporary internet-savvy readers are increasingly turning to online outlets in an effort to prolong the experience of reading novels. Fan fiction and slash fiction websites are proliferating, and readers are becoming more and more creative and proactive in their efforts to interact with previously published n...

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Help NHS front line workers to feel positive about themselves by sharing Covid recovery stories and other positive messages.
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