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Sillitoe Trail

A literary journey based on Alan Sillitoe’s 1958 novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

Sillitoe Trail for iPhone App Screens

Nottingham-born, Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010) is best known for his first two books; Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958) and Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner (1959). Sillitoe Trail is a multimedia interpretation of Alan Sillitoe’s first novel; Saturday Night and Sunday Morning which stands out as a beacon for projecting and debating British values and identity.

Commissioned by Arts Council England and the BBC, Sillitoe Trail was originally produced by James Walker and Paul Fillingham for The Space on-demand digital arts platform (2012-13). It also exists as a Factory Handbook which was launched alongside the App at Nottingham Contemporary in 2012. Sillitoe Trail was the subject of BBC TV documentary Inside Out and featured on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live hosted by John McCarthy in 2013.


Sillitoe Trail App for iPhone launched in 2012 exploring the themes, locations and scenes from Sillitoe’s novel and Karel Reisz’s 1960 film adaptation.The App was available as a download from the official Apple App Store up until 2017, when Apple upgraded it’s iOS software and subsequently removed our beloved old factory fable.

Obsolescence of proprietary formats is a moot point and a constant worry to archivists. The loss of cultural gems like Sillitoe Trail is tragic. Yet, in the defiant spirit of Arthur Seaton, the original contents refuse to be crushed and are re-assembled here for a whole range of devices – which was one of the fundamental design principles of The Space.

Enjoy your journey through Sillitoe’s Nottingham…

Paul Fillingham