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Announcing Overlap S1E1: Dig Your Own World

UPDATE 23RD OCTOBER: Our venue’s now the Raynor Lounge, still in the Students’ Union but downstairs and just off Bar One.

Following a successful pilot season of Overlap events last year, we’re delighted to break the seal on our first season proper on 23rd October. Led by guest presenter Sara Hill, we’ll be grabbing our pixelated pickaxes and heading for the mountains (well, The Raynor Lounge at The University of Sheffield) to uncover the stories and worlds that are being hewn in Minecraft.

Sara has about five jobs including running a magazine and directing social enterprises, but it’s her passion for indie phenomenon Minecraft that she’ll be sharing with Overlap. Part survival horror, part virtual Lego set, the game has attracted an enthusiastic community who are using its tools to create, recreate and share a host of worlds and narratives (so perfect for an Overlap investigation). Sara will be presenting both a player’s and a creator’s experience of Minecraft, touching on everything from Robinson Crusoe and Lawrence of Arabia to nuclear catastrophes.

As with all Overlap events, it’ll be an interactive session and we’ll be looking for your help to build a world of our own.

Our hosts for the evening are The University of Sheffield. This session forms part of their FLASH! strand of events, a thought-provoking programme that promises to ‘ignite your imagination’. Students and non-students are both welcome and we kick off at 7:00pm on Tuesday 23rd October at the Raynor Lounge, University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TG. Easiest way to get there is via the Bar One entrance on Glossop Road. In the meantime, please pop over to Eventbrite to reserve your free place or use the form below.


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