Special guests

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For 2019 we have some amazing people lined up to visit The Smoke as special guests!

Anna Westerling

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(photo by Kristoffer Thurøe)


Anna Westerling is a game designer who has created games such as A Nice Evening with the Family, Fortune & Felicity, Summer Lovin’, Robin’s Friends and Lovestories by ABBA. She is the producer of Stockholm Scenario Festival which will run for the sixth time in November 2018. Anna has produced the Nordic Larp book, the nano-game collection #Feminism, and the Nordic Larp conference Knutpunkt in both 2006 and 2010. She is a freelance project manager within the culture sector.

Anna will be running her celebrated larp Lovestories by ABBA at The Smoke! A band during their last summer tour in the late 70s. It’s love, drama, music, party and the last days of the disco. We will play out five party nights, one for each month of the tour, and tell the story of the band’s love and lives. It’s new meetings, endings and the longing for something more. The music of ABBA is used to express the character’s inner feelings and to dance to. We’ll sing and dance out our emotions for maximum drama. It’s a singalong, not karaoke – so all can join no matter of vocal skills.

Anna will also be giving a lunchtime talk during The Smoke, on ‘Dramaturgy and story in participatory media’.

Jonaya Kemper

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Jonaya Kemper is an activist, educator, designer, writer, and games scholar who looks at roleplaying as a means of liberation for people of marginalized identities. Her work often involves the themes of intersectionality, storytelling, and autoethnography as a means to create more inclusive futures and explore a more diverse past. An active speaker and educator, Jonaya has spoken and presented workshops internationally about creating accessible and diverse storytelling using trauma theory, critical race theory, and radical theater approaches. Her works spans larp, freeform games, and indie rpgs where she has been a narrative writer, as well as a lead developer. Her work The Slumber Party can be seen in the second printing of #feminism, and recently as a Lead Developer for John Wick Presents Land of Gold and Fire.  Graduating with honors from  NYU’s Gallatin Graduate School, Jonaya’s work originated and explored the concepts of emancipatory bleed and liberatory narrative strategy as a way for marginalized individuals to achieve liberation through larping and reflection. She is currently working on the international larp The Forbidden History with Atropos, as Character Lead, and on An Epistolary Affair, an indie rpg told in love letters. You can find her essays at www.jonayakemper.com.

More special guests

will be announced soon!