if:book uk


if:book uk has run imaginative projects in schools exploring new media writing and the future of the book, including Found, funded by Booktrust and working with actor Toby Jones and Queensbridge School Birmingham with whom we continue to maintain strong links; Project Wonda with author Aoife Mannix ran in three London primary schools; The Story Park and Set Poetry Free are currently in their pilot phase.

In 2012 funding from the Gulbenkian Foundation supported STORIES TO TOUCH, research into the use of iPads and tablets in primary schools, working with publishers Winged Chariot, and these fascinating films made by if:book associate Sasha Hoare.

The Hotbook ran with three secondary schools across the UK, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and has been downloaded and used by many more.

We’ve run CPD days for schools, given talks to teachers and school librarians, written articles on education and spoken at the Festival of Education 2012 and Heart of English at the RSA in 2013… Contact chris at ifbook dot co dot uk to discuss how we might work with your school.

– Ellie Clarke, Head of English at Queensbridge School

In the HOTBOOK poems and extracts from plays, novels, non-fiction texts and broadcasts are presented as short films, Flash animations, podcasts and HTML web pages. They include Macbeth’s “Tomorrow, and tomorrow” speech as stop frame animation, Christina Rossetti’s poem “Spring” performed by cartoon rabbits, a rap version of Chaucer’s Prologue, an animated version of Benjamin Zephaniah’s “Talking Turkeys” and a story of computer gamers by cult sci-fi author Cory Doctorow. The HOTBOOK also includes rebooted classics and new commissions from award-winning contemporary writers such as Daljit Nagra, Kate Pullinger and Naomi Alderman, who were asked to write examples of the literature of the future.

Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the HOTBOOK is conceived as a way to help less confident readers stay interested in literature at an age when many young people start to switch off from books. We are very grateful to Everythingweb.net for generously providing hosting support.

The HOTBOOK has been piloted in three schools and thoroughly evaluated by the Research Team at Booktrust.

if:book also runs CPD workshops for schools –CLICK HERE for more details

Schools booking for a workshop can also receive a free, live online chat with the HOTBOOK Curator


«The Great Wipe hath irrayzed much of world culcha, butta few bits of licheracha haveth bn found – pleez help mi choose most bestest 2 exxibit»
– the curator of a history of the book 2/2/3010

‘These are a fantastically creative set of multi modal resources with which to deliver the rich experience of both language and literature at the heart of the revised curriculum at KS3.′

– Ellie Clarke, Head of English at Queensbridge School