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Empire of the Word

8 December 2009 | Comments (0)

A four-part documentary called ‘Empire of the Word’ is currently screening on TVO in Canada.  Made by Mark Johnston, it’s a look at the history and future of reading.  Chris Joseph and I participated in the fourth part, which will air on Wed 16 December; you can also view the parts online.

As well as the tv series, Nomad (Johnston’s production company) also commissioned an online game to take place while the series is being screened. While I was in Toronto for IFOA, I did a little video interview with them for the game website, and that video is available to view now.  Click here then click on the tab ‘Authors on Freedom of Speech’.  My hair’s a mess, but it’s okay otherwise!

The Observer and the future and me

22 February 2009 | Comments (0)

‘A whole library in a wafer-like form’:  nice piece with an interview with me in the Observer newspaper today, by Kate Kellaway. Nice to be in the vanguard, or even the guard’s van, of the future of the history of the future of the book, though to tell you the truth I wish I was more like Andy McNab, at least in terms of sales figures.

There’s something odd about seeing one’s self interviewed on paper… I’ve done it many times, but still have this sense of being boiled down into a few quotes, nothing more, nothing less.  Hmm.  That’s a gloomy thought for a Sunday morning. Time for grilled cheese sandwiches.