if:book uk was founded in 2009 by Chris Meade with Bob Stein, founder of the Institute for the Future of the Book in New York. We are a charitable company, a think and do tank exploring digital possibilities for literature.
“For the past five hundred years, humans have used print — the book and its various page-based cousins — to move ideas across time and space. Radio, cinema and television emerged in the last century and…now we are combining media to forge new forms of expression. For now, we use the word “book” broadly, even metaphorically, to talk about what has come before — and what might come next.”
Since if:book uk was launched we’ve seen extraordinary developments in publishing, politics and communications. There is much to debate about how we share our words, our news, views and stories, now and in the future.
We’ve worked with schools, universities, publishers, libraries and with many writers including Doris Lessing, David Almond, Kate Pullinger, Naomi Alderman, Cory Doctorow and Daljit Nagra.
We’ve been funded by Arts Council England, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Jerwood Poetry Fund and many others.
IF:BOOK UK is at 127 Rathcoole Gardens, London, N8 9PH
Charity registration No. 1124715. Company Registration No. 06571280 (England and Wales).
if:book runs salons, workshops and collaborative writing retreats at various venues including our base in Crouch End, London and a small, beautiful cottage, 1 Norland Cottages, Walberswick, Suffolk, which is also available to rent for writers’ retreats. Follow the link for more information.