january update

My amazing mum died in December so this is a sad and transitional time. Normal service will be resumed soon, but meanwhile here's a reminder of what if:book's been up to lately.

I started 2013 by appearing on the Radio 4 debate on Cultural Exchange with Mark Lawson. 
What a shame mum missed that - she would have been impressed and reassured that my work involves more than drinking coffee and tapping on a laptop. 

Since October we’ve partnered on two major IFSOFLO events outside London:

The award ceremony for the New Media Writing Prize run with Bournemouth University, covered by the Independent and Bookbrunch. Shortlist and winner can be seen at www.newmediawritingprize.co.uk

The first Literary Salon at Loughborough University organised in partnership with Writing East Midlands and the University publishing course.

Chris worked with poet in Inua Ellams on a Twitter poem for National Poetry Day. Inua has written about it for the blog and Set Poetry Free;

gave a seminar on if:book and Nearlyology at the Royal College of Arts for the MA in Critical Writing in November;

ran an if:book stall at the Literary Platform’s Writers Platform at Rich Mix, Hackney in November

spoke at the Folkestone Literature Festival panel on authors as publishers;

attended the roundtable evaluation of THE SPACE, Arts Council’s new digital arts site;

met with Hotkey Books, UK division of Bonnar children’s books to discuss commercial potential of ifsobooks; 

was part of an action research project for a play studio as part of the proposed Children’s Museum

was interviewed in STRUCTO magazine issue 8;

wrote a contribution for the Looking for the Heart of English national discussion on English teaching;

undertook some initial community building for The Global Hamlet crowd-translation project based in Italy

is the official Nearlywriter in Residence at Hornsey Library;

was a participant in the British Library Digital Futures event in December;

is speaking at the Heart of English event at the Royal Society of Arts;

will be providing digital training and support to next year’s intake of Arvon Jerwood mentored writers

is a judge of the 2nd Bologna Children's Bookfair Digital Award

 if:book stall at the Rich Mix event run by the Literary Platform

at Loughborough University


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