press release: Gulbenkian award to if:book and Winged Chariot

London November 16th 2010.

WingedChariot Press, a pioneer in digital ‘stories to touch’, in conjunction with the charitable company if:book have just been awarded a grant by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

This grant is for the research and development of multi-lingual digital stories and readin in a project that will run in six London schools during 2011. The schools based in Lewisham, Enfield and Bexley will be at the core of digital reading and story development with WingedChariot. Research into the project outcomes and opportunities will be led by the innovative think and do tank if:book.

Andrew Barnett, Director of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK) says:"One of the strategic aims of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's UK Branch is to help improve people's perception of each other by providing opportunities for interaction through culture and between cultures. In this context, one of our current objectives is to develop programmes that promote multilingualism and literature in translation for adults and children. We are, therefore, delighted to support the development of this innovative platform to stimulate language acquisition and new forms of creative writing, which we believe will lead to increased cross-cultural communication and better understanding between cultures."

eal Hoskins,Director of WingedChariot says :”I am delighted that the Gulbenkian Foundation has awarded us this grant for our pioneering work in multi-lingual digital stories to continue. As stories and books make the transition into digital it is vital that we study and develop these new forms that may inspire and delight children to read more and appreciate great art. Our experience and knowledge in this field can now be taken to a new level as we combine with the research skills of if:book to form a new and unique partnership in the digital world.”

Chris Meade, Director of if:book, the think and do tank exploring the future of the book in the digital age, says:"We're looking forward to working with the wonderful WingedChariot on this fantastic opportunity to look at how children and teachers can use new media to develop creative reading skills and digital imagination.”

Scruffy Kitty is very happy! 


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