We are delighted to announce the 2018 if:book Prize and Unicorn Student Prize judges:
Andy Campbell is Director of Digital for One to One Development Trust whose electronic literature project Dreaming Methods has been online for 16 years. Dreaming Methods currently houses over 30 works of collaborative electronic literature and experimental narrative games, including #PRISOM with digital artist/writer Mez Breeze which made the shortlist for the Western Australia Premier Book Awards 2014 for Best Digital Narrative, and Inanimate Alice with Kate Pullinger and Chris Joseph for which Campbell is the Lead Developer. In 2015, Andy Campbell and Mez Breeze’s forthcoming transmedia project All The Delicate Duplicates won the Tumblr International Prize and The Space Open Call Competition. His current projects include All The Delicate Duplicates, Inanimate Alice : Perpetual Nomads, and the second incarnation of WALLPAPER – an immersive VR digital fiction installation in partnership with Sheffield University – created with film-maker/artist Judi Alston.
Lisa Gee is the author of the non-fiction books Stage Mum and Friends: why men and women are from the same planet, and the editor of Bricks Without Mortar: the selected poems of Hartley Coleridgeand has written for most national newspapers mostly (but not exclusively) about books, digital literature and/or or music. Lisa is studying part-time for a PhD in Digital Writing by Practice at Bath Spa University.
Chris Meade is a writer and founder of if:book UK, the think and do tank exploring the future of the book and digital possibilities for literature. He’s currently making a transmedia fiction at nearlyology.net as part of a PhD in Digital Writing at Bath Spa University and holding Nearly events, performances and workshops. Previously Director of Booktrust and The Poetry Society, he runs The IF SO PRESS, which produces handmade and digital literature happenings. Chris and if:book have been involved with the New Media Writing Prize since it began in 2010, and are delighted to again be sponsoring the Main Prize.
Peter Phillips is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a qualified accountant. He began his career in the UK energy industry, where in 1981 he became the youngest ever British Coal Chief Accountant, and was Director of Studies of the industry management college until 1986, when he set up his own business “The Unicorn Training Partnership”, based in Bournemouth. Unicorn has grown each year to become a world leader in the development and use of strategic business simulations, and major provider of e-learning solutions to the UK insurance and banking sectors. In 2009 he was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to e-learning at the UK industry awards. Unicorn Training were ranked as the 2011 and 2013 UK Outstanding eLearning Company, and are delighted to once again support the New Media Writing Prize by sponsoring the Student Prize.
In 2012 Justine Solomons founded Byte the Book, a membership organisation for authors, agents, publishers and those connected with the book industry. The network is focused on helping its members meet each other, connect with other industries and learn about the latest developments in technology. Justine has over twenty years expertise in technology and business development to the publishing industry, speaking at conferences, chairing panels and providing consultancy to help authors and publishers in their commercial endeavours.
Stella Wisdom is a Digital Curator at the British Library, promoting new methods of research and creative innovation using born digital and digitised collections. Stella co-founded the Off the Map competition; a collaboration with the National Videogame Foundation, which challenges students to create videogames and interactive fiction inspired by British Library digital resources. Stella has also worked with University College London Institute of Education on a game-making project called Playing Beowulf, and with TIME/IMAGE to produce the Poetic Places geo-location literature app. Stella chartered with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in 2006; the same year she joined the British Library. Previously she worked at National Library of Scotland.