He will host a weekly meet up where local readers and writers can explore new ways to tell stories in the age of blogs, twitter and new media – and contribute their own stories to aNearlyology of N8.
Chris will also be working with local schools and book groups on collaborative writing projects involving top authors as well as students and emerging writers.
“We're all nearlywriters in the digital age - we don't need publishers to decide if we're 'proper', but we do have to take responsibility for how we improve our skills and when to share our words with others.” says Chris who has been published by Penguin Books, had a play performed on the Edinburgh Fringe, tutored on an Arvon Foundation course, has an MA in Creative Writing and New Media and was once commissioned by the BBC to write a sitcom - that was nearly made.
Chris has also been Director of the Poetry Society, Booktrust and if:book UK, a think and do tank exploring the future of the book which is supporting the residency.
“I love writing in Hornsey Library. The community gains so much from this shared public space. Now we want to develop it as a hub for collaborative writing and reading.”
Users can call in at the if:book cafe in Hornsey Library to find out more about Nearlywriting, come to the free meet up there, Tuesdays from 11-12, join the if:book community at www.ifsoflo.ning.com and visit www.nearlyology.com where they can read the work in progress and add their own nearlyincidents.