Monday, 16 March 2009

update on activities

Here's a brief update on if:book london's current projects.

On April 2nd we launch Songs of Imagination and Digitisation, a networked anthology inspired by the spirit of William Blake and including work by Lisa Gee, Sue Thomas, Tim Heath, Tim Wright, Toby Jones, Toni Lebusque, Sasha Hoare and Bill Thompson.


We're currently piloting our major education project, Motfothotbook, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and using all kinds of new media means to help Year 8/9 students engage with literature of the past, present - and future. We've commissioned new work by Naomi Alderman, Cory Doctorow, Chris Joseph, Daljit Nagra, Alison Norrington, Jacob Polley, Kate Pullinger, Eva Salzman, Ross Sutherland...

The Golden Notebook, a unique experiment in on-line reading funded by Arts Council England involved eight women reading Lessing's work and commenting in the margins of a digital version of the book as they went along. The full text and accompanying conversation can be seen - and added to - at www.thegoldennotebook.org.

if so flo is an unconference to be held on May 1st for leaders of literature organisations to look at the threats and opportunities arising from the first networked recession.

Our if:bookgroup salon meets monthly(ish) at different venues, most recently the South Bank Centre.

Chris will be speaking at the Oxford Book Festival in April. More details soon.

Email chris@futureofthebook.org.uk for further information on any of the above.




Chris ponders how much there is to do...

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