FORA.tv Speaker - Chris Meade

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Biography

Chris Meade is Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book. He is currently studying for an M.A. in Creative Writing & New Media at De Montfort University, and is a member of the FLO Literature Leaders Consortium. From 2006-2007 Chris was Executive Director of Booktrust, the national agency promoting books and reading. As part of his work at Booktrust, Chris secured government funding for the Bookstart scheme, launched the Booktrust Early Years Awards, Booktrust Teenage Prize and the National Short Story Prize and initiated Get London Reading, a major citywide promotion. As Director of the Poetry Society from 1994-2000, Chris established the Poetry Café at the Society’s Covent Garden HQ and devised the Poetry Places scheme which received a major lottery grant to fund projects throughout the community. He was Principal Officer Arts Development & Marketing for Birmingham Library Services (1989 - 94), co-coordinator of Opening The Book (1984 - 89) with Rachel Van Riel, and ran the Opening The Book Festival in Sheffield 1989. Chris is author of The Thoughts of Betty Spital (Penguin, 1989), winner of the 1984 George Orwell Prize for his play We Two Boys (performed at the Edinburgh Festival, New End Theatre, Leadmill Sheffield) and in 2000 was commissioned to write a pilot of a sitcom for BBC1. His cartoon strip Overleaf can be seen at www.misteroverleaf.blogspot.com. With Paris-based theatre designer Julie Dalmon Riou he has worked on the script for Gigogne, a performance piece which they have been devising through a long-term on-line collaboration (http://missgigogne.free.fr/). Chris has been a judge of the Forward Poetry Prize (1999) and the 2005 Asham Short Story Award.

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Battle of Ideas: Digital Commons

10.27.07 | 01:33:32 min | 0 comments