Chris Meade, Director of if:book UK is a writer. He is currently doing a PhD in Digital Writing at Bath Spa University, writing a transmedia fiction at www.nearlyology.net. He also writes songs which he performs with The Ifso Band. In 2012 he was a participant in Tino Sehgal’s These Associations at Tate Modern. Chris was Director of Booktrust from 2000 – 2007, running the Bookstart scheme and a range of book prizes and promotions, and Director of the Poetry Society from 1994-2000, where he set up the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden and the lottery funded Poetry Places project, described by Andrew Motion as “a modern miracle”. Chris has an M.A. in Creative Writing & New Media and his digital fiction In Search of Lost Tim was described by the Independent on Sunday as “a jeu d’esprit and just possibly the future of fiction. In the 1980s and 90s he worked in Sheffield and Birmingham libraries, promoting Creative Reading and ‘Imagination Services’.
Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair of Modern Poetry in Translation, the author of The Thoughts of Betty Spital (Penguin 1989) and a past winner of the George Orwell award for his play We Two Boys.
In 2015 he was made a member of Academy Inegales.
Chris and other if:book associates undertake action research and amazing projects for publishers, schools and literature organisations; help devise and implement digital strategies; give talks and run training courses, make all kinds of digital publications for different organisations.
We’ve worked with the Arvon Foundation’s Jerwood Arvon Mentored writers, Poetry Society’s Young Poetry Network, Winged Chariot, EU:READ the European Reading Promotion organisation… and many more.