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Exquisite Corpse

THANK YOU!

Over the summer, you have helped us to write a full-length murder mystery set in our local neighbourhood of Lambeth, as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood. Curated by top authors such as Naomi Alderman, Matt Haig and Kamila Shamsie, the story has taken many twists and turns – some more unusual than others!

 

WHAT NEXT?

You are all invited to a free celebratory event at The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 7 September, where we will launch Southbank Centre’s first ever novel with speeches, sharing and (possibly) dancing! Southbank Centre is teaming up with Blackfriars, the new ebook-only imprint from Little, Brown, to produce a free ebook of Exquisite Corpse: Or, How Not to Kill Your Neighbours, to be released at this event.

 

HOW IT WORKED

We started with the following idea:

Loughborough Junction, summer 2013. A shopkeeper has gone missing and rumour is rife. What happened to him? Who has the motive and who the means to do him in? Has he been done in? And where will everyone get their fags, booze and lottery tickets without him? Local artist Elizabeth (Beth) Lamb sets out to investigate. But when you play detective in your own neighbourhood, things are bound to get complicated...

Every Monday we briefed a chapter, giving the starting point, end point and key moments to include, and YOU filled in details, dialogue and ideas through the week. A stellar team of authors (see below) then took it in turns to transform your tweets into chapters on Storify.com.

 

EXQUISITE CORPSE: OR, HOW NOT TO KILL YOUR NEIGHBOURS

The complete novel on Storify.com

Chapter 1: Stella Duffy

Chapter 2: Alex Preston

Chapter 3: Kamila Shamsie

Chapter 4: Stuart Evers

Chapter 5: Naomi Alderman

Chapter 6: Vanessa Gebbie

Chapter 7: Marcel Theroux

Chapter 8: G Willow Wilson

Chapter 9: Matt Haig

Chapter 10: Joe Dunthorne