See information about the current digital writer in residence here.
Rebecca Douglas is an award-winning Adelaide-based writer and qualified computer geek whose work has appeared in print and online publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Big Issue, ABC The Drum, SBS Comment & Analysis and Women’s Agenda.
Growing up, her interests were a confusing mish-mash of technology and humanities, unintentionally the perfect grounding for a future in digital journalism. Much of her time was devoted to reading magazines like Girlfriend and Smash Hits, and novels like they were going out of fashion. However, inspired by a birthday gift of Sierra’s King’s Quest computer adventure game, she also spent many a geeky hour learning the BASIC programming language and eventually managed to create a flashing smiley face that changed colours.
She continued the trend at university by completing a degree in mathematics and computer science, then writing her Honours English thesis on utopian worlds in computer games using King’s Quest games as examples. She has gone on to write feature articles for various magazines and online publications for the past five years, writing on topics including Twitter, eBay and gaming culture. From 2009 to 2013, she also wrote a blog, Becks and the City, about her efforts to become a published writer. In September 2014, she helped usher in the next crop of nerdy word herders by teaching the “Learn Digital Journalism” workshop at the SA Writers’ Centre teen boot camp. In her spare time, she can be found lurking in various corners of cyberspace, usually Facebook or Twitter.
Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide with a double major in English and Philosophy, finishing his Philosophy major on scholarship at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Since graduation (2008) he has worked in various arts organisations including the Adelaide Fringe, the Adelaide Festival Centre (where he secured the Anthony Steel Fellowship of Arts Administration, 2009, followed by stints on the Adelaide Cabaret and Guitar Festivals), Arts Projects Australia and since January 2013, as the Digital Marketing Executive for the Adelaide Festival of Arts where he is responsible for the Festival’s social media accounts, edistribution, websites and apps.
Sam enjoys metered poetry, playing and teaching music, riding his bike, drinking coffee, eating fritz and sauce sandwiches and producing short films. His poetry and prose writing has been published in Aspire Magazine, inDaily and in various university and arts publications.
Sam’s intrigue into storytelling across alternative platforms piqued at university and through his work, this continues to grow. With the following three projects, he intends to promote (and produce more of his own) creative writing, and the storytelling tradition via digital media:
A series of live late night podcasts recorded live from various locations around the city, in a nod to the bedtime storytelling tradition. These will be themed in relation to the space surrounding him. Predominantly readings of online-sourced poetry, Sam will invite the writing community to submit works of poetry and short prose to be broadcast. (For more information or to submit works keep your eye on our enews or website).
A short piece of fiction written for and published via Instagram. Sam will work with illustrators and designers to bring the work to life for the popular image sharing platform.
A digital marketing for professionals workshop facilitated through the SA Writers Centre. Focussing on developing an overall digital marketing strategy, analytics, advertising and creating good content for social media.