The next if:book event is the launch of our FICTIONAL STIMULUS at THE MOORS BAR in Crouch End on Tuesday 22nd September from 7.30 - 11.00 which has big screens and wi-fi, serves drinks, cocktails and excellent food. Entry is £3 or £2 for concessions.
Come and see animated poems, readings of future fictions including extracts from new work by Cory Doctorow, Naomi Alderman, Kate Pullinger, join the debate about where the book goes next. Bring your laptop if you want, to tweet, surf, chat and write together, then join our online reading experience. The evening will be hosted by Chris Meade and Toni Le Busque.
Do come along if you live nearby, and wherever you are in the world, go to http://www.fictional-stimulus.ning.com and sign up to partake of if:book's fictional stimulus, a month-long introduction to digital reading, hosted by Kate Pullinger, designed and curated by Toni Le Busque, Chris Meade and Sasha Hoare.
You can let us know if you're coming via the Future of the Book Facebook Group HERE
ON TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER at 7.30pm in the BETSEY TROTWOOD Pub, Farringdon, we're holding an IF:BOOK SALON and LIVE ONLINE CHAT with Kate Pullinger (who will actually be there!) and participants in the Fictional Stimulus. Free entry.
To confirm you're coming, please book at www.ifbooksalon.eventbrite.com
We are delighted that if:book has received a grant from Arts Council England to co-ordinate a network for all those interested in digital possibilities for literature, in particular ACE funded literature organisations plus publishers, booksellers, social networkers, web designers, teachers, writers and all kinds of creative readers. IFSOFLO was launched by if:book in May with a highly successful Unconference in London. We'll be running similar events around the UK over the coming months and years.
Please do join the IFSOFLO network at www.ifsoflo.ning.com if you'd like to be kept up to date with new digital developments in literature, and once you're a member, please contribute to the conversation there. We'll regularly be giving away special prizes for the best contributions made to the site.
At if:book we've been busy. As well as piloting the Motfothotbook, our project for secondary schools to be launched next year, we held a lively debate with Bill Thompson at the Latitude Festival, finished our Annual Report, and held meetings with some exciting future collaborators. This autumn we'll be running an Instant Novel project with Kate Pullinger, Spread the Word and Completelynovel.com, speaking at the Guadalajara Bookfair in Mexico, and at The Guardian's Reading for Pleasure seminar for teachers on the morning of Wed 23 September. We'll be publishing an article on the BECTA website, planning a workshop as part of the Amplified Leicester project... and much more. We're also moving even closer to the heart of things by becoming associates of the new Free Word Centre in Farringdon, and the arts organisation Proboscis has kindly offered us some workspace at their offices nearby.