Maya Chowdhry

I am a writer and inTer-aCtive artist, writing poetry and making site-specific installation primarily focussing on immersive work. My writing has been published, staged and broadcast widely including BBC Radio 4.

My current work involves story-making and site-specific Installation, exploring the juxtaposition and conflicts of new technology with the ‘natural world’, utilising text, film, animation, photography and the Web.

Tales from the Towpath

An immersive literature work for Manchester Literature Festival 2014. This transmedia work features a location based storytrail, micro-projection, origami narrowboat and a live performance on a traditional narrowboat.

Explore hidden, lost and imagined lives of Manchester with a story that runs across rivers Irwell and Medlock, the Rochdale and Bridgewater canals, linking them to iconic Manchester venues such as The Royal Exchange.

The Salmagundi

A B Arts commission to write an interactive story experience for 9-13 year olds. Working with young people in Stoke-on-Trent to produce an immersive story experience to tour libraries and arts centres 2014-2017 with the aim of encouraging young people to continue their lifelong reading journey.

The Poppy Project

A digital art residency with Lets Go Global. Poppy is an ambitious digital arts project exploring a contemporary, conceptual view of the First World War Centenary. It is happening in libraries across Trafford, Stockport, Manchester and Salford with local communities. Working with groups across Stockport, and with artist and writer Seni Seniviratne, we explored a range of digital tools for story making, including StopMotion, photography and video. Work was exhibited in an exhibition at Ordshall Hall, Salford and in an app.

Projects

My projects include commissions, residencies and workshops using media arts and creative writing. I have been commissioned to write for stage, screen, radio and online. Below is a selection of my recent work:

Residencies and Workshops

I have worked as a writer and artist with a range of organisations such as Lets Go Global, B Arts, Northern Ballet Theatre, The Arvon Foundation and Contact (young people’s theatre) and with a range of participants, from those with little experience of the arts and creative writing, to those aspiring to become artists and writers. My projects and residencies include a diverse range of groups, including women’s groups and youth groups.