The Nearlywriter, Stories To Touch and the if:book Cafe

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  • This is truer than ever
  • Bought this recently.
    How things have changed –
    THE ONLY WAY to reproduce our words
    ALSO..
    THE BREATHING SPACE between thinking and reading and writing
  • Because we don’t need publishers,
    Don’t need authorities telling us what we can and cant do
    What we can and can’t read
  • 12. Because if we don’t have people on high to tell us if we’re REAL WRITERS, we need collaborators and peers to help us realise the digital possibilities for literature
    define what we really want to achieve in our work
    to help us in the creation, editing, design, promotion, deal making and marketing..
    We need to be part of a community.
  • 2007 Creative Writing & New Media MA
    Met Bon Stein at institute…
    Began the debate about the future of the book
  • Exactly the role of ‘us lot’ – literature development, libraries, booklovers…
  • WHAT BENJAMIN SAID
    In this project
    Set out the stall afresh – how do you define your own terms>?
    Collaborative writing
    Twitter poem
    Online workshops
    Creative Prevarication.. Not wasting time
    Songwriting challenge
    Classic poems
  • working with publishers Wingedchariot and funding from the Gulbenkian foundation we’re researching how six schools in London respond to picture books on the iPad, specially written stories translated into all of the 14 languages spoken in the school. Winged Chariot make beautiful books for the iPad, showing real concern about the quality of the reading experience, books to curl up with and get lost in rather than to play with.
    FANTASTIC teacher Paul Greenwood whose classroom is rich with digital and other resources.
    MOST INTERESTING lunchtime children not all wanting to use the digital.. A range of tools
  • 1st YEAR – AMAZING OPPORTUNITY …
    A start up, a megacorp, a classic story well told.
  • An active relationship – we read then we make something .. No more couch potatoes
    NEW FORMS – NEED TO RECOGNISE LITERARY QUALITY IN NEW FORMS …
  • Collaborate in new ways
  • We’ve also been experimenting with COLLABORATIVE READING projects
    BOOK GROUPS CHANGED READING FOR MANY INTO A PUBLIC ACTIVITY
    NEW WAYS TO DO BOOKS - SOCIAL READING platforms…
    But more than that:
    Do we need a whole new model for how we CURATE an experience around particular ideas.
    RICARDO BLAUG’S BOOK… this strange kind of academic publishing -
    We wanted to open up the book’s themes.
    We worked with an MA student from Goldsmiths College looking at the skills of CURATOR
  • . ifsobooks are reading experiences, designed for schools and bookgroups, involving real interactivity. We’re piloting Story Park by David Almond; POETMORE, a digital poetry anthology for schools, because we need to create the nearlywriters of tomorrow!
  • Publishers need to go back to their first principals, their love of story and free thinking.
    Can you free yourselves to think clearly about what works now??
    Look at the keys on our typewriter, colours in our pallette…
  • Time to make new kinds of writing about our NEARLY lives. .
    Made in public
    Involving others
  • FREE SERVICES THREATENED NOW
    NEED A RESILIENT MODEL
    THE IF;BOOK CAFÉ, A TILL, POP UPABLE
  • Anke Holst
    The PROFILES
    The PORTABLE Bookshop
    AMPLIFIED AUTHOR event with Andrea et al.
  • REIMAGINING THE LIBRARY
  • Finally THE NEW MEDIA WRITING PRIZE is open to writers and makers. It’s about the quality of the storytelling first.
    But of course once you’ve found something good it’s easy to spread the word and link to the point of sale.
     
    This year I judged the BOLOGNA RAGAZZI DIGITAL AWARD.. won by a new start up..
    WE WANT TO encourage literary mind to engage with telling new kinds of stories
  • DREAMSPACE
    WE need COLLABORATORS
    To help us find our way, improve our
    Closures – people think of this as a lost cause
    POP UP LIBRARIES – an exciting idea,
    Librariness doesn’t belong to the state
  • The Nearlywriter, Stories To Touch and the if:book Cafe

    1. 1. Stories to Touch Nearlywriting & New Media Writing Prize www.ifbook.co.uk
    2. 2. Creative Reading & Writing are still vital skills for full participation in society
    3. 3. My typewriter used to be the only way to get my words shared and into print Now there are other ways
    4. 4. We don’t need publishers like we used to Let’s not worry about the industry’s problems but look at what changes mean for readers and writers
    5. 5. Digital possibilities For the NEARLYWRITER SELF PUBLISHING MULTI MEDIA ILLUMINATION GAMEPLAY INTERACTION COLLABORATION…
    6. 6. The Experience of The Book happens in our heads and our hearts Why promote Paper When it’s words We love?
    7. 7. We do need collaborators, coaches, curators… ..and the ability to be self critical, charting our own course
    8. 8. “the most important thing is to publish in people’s hearts”
    9. 9. STORIES TO TOUCH Developing multi-lingual books for iPads; researching their use in London schools with www.wingedchariot.com
    10. 10. DANS MON REVE WHO LET THE FART OUT? THE NUMBERLEYS
    11. 11. As a judge of the Bologna Ragazzi Digital Prize and a researcher into the use of iPad apps in schools, it’s great to see literary quality and imagination are still what really matter
    12. 12. New platforms allow new kinds of playful engagement with story
    13. 13. Collaborative Writing.. like the 24 HOUR NOVEL www.spreadtheword.org.uk
    14. 14. COLLABORATIVE READING Community of readers, online and off, exploring a theme, making new work…
    15. 15. ifsobook of nearlypoems ‘CLASSIC’ POEMS EXPLORED ILLUMINATED REMIXED TRANSLATED RESPONDED TO …SEEN AFRESH
    16. 16. What shape of story for our nearly kinds of lives ? Nearlyology
    17. 17. IF:BOOK CAFE The Future of the Book Place
    18. 18. The Unlibrary What do we need when we bring our library with us in our laptop? WI FI Space to make PROFILES MEET UPS to connect with other users
    19. 19. The All-Nighter Keeping the library open throughout world book night helped us imagine it afresh
    20. 20. This award is an incentive to writers to make new kinds of literature to be experienced on screen
    21. 21. The Dreamspace of the Book This is what we really need to preserve
    22. 22. @ifbook Chris@futureofthebook.org.uk www.ifbook.co.uk

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