Nick Perrett to open debate at the FutureBook Innovation Workshop

Nick Perrett to open debate at the FutureBook Innovation Workshop

Nick Perrett, group strategy and digital director at HarperCollins, will open the FutureBook Innovation Workshop on 30th May, framing the afternoon's debate on how publishers can innovate and take charge of the digital disruption. Perrett will join Random House's Dan Franklin, the author Tim Wright, Canongate's Cate Cannon and Sara O’Connor editorial director print & digital of Hot Key Books, at the half-day seminar that will showcase recent innovations in storytelling and publishing, and workshop new ideas.

The annual event, programmed by The Literary Platform, will explore innovations in story interaction: gestural interactions, shared experiences and inter-authorship; innovations in business methodology: how to pivot in a changing landscape; post-digital innovation: how to create effective integrated on and offline campaigns and marrying up print and digital.

As well as hearing about innovative projects from publishers, delegates will learn from other industries working with narrative and engage in bespoke workshops. Screenwriter and Pixar story consultant Bobette Buster will lead a 45 minute workshop in building stories, while there will be analysis of how big brands such as Microsoft use compelling narrative to create communities and sell products. BAFTA winner Alyson Fielding will show how her latest project combines print books and technology, while Portal Entertainment will demonstrate how crime stories might mutate and change depending on the reader's gestural responses.

Founder of the Literary Platform Sophie Rochester said: "The line up for this year's FutureBook Innovation Workshop demonstrates how publishers and others are thinking increasingly innovatively about audience interaction with stories, how digital can help publishers and writers find and better understand their readers, and look at experimentation in the post-digital era. These are exciting projects which to help inform delegates on innovative approaches and ways of thinking."
 
Philip Jones editor of The Bookseller and founder of FutureBook added: "As we increasingly need to think beyond the e-book, it is essential that publishers equip themselves with the skills to innovate, and open themselves up to the way digital might change the way stories are sold and content is delivered. We've asked practitioners to give us their hands on advice, share their experiences, and workshop some new ideas."

The event, which takes place on 30th May from 1pm, is being run as part of Digital Shoreditch, an annual celebration of the outstanding creative, technical and entrepreneurial talent of East London and Tech City. The event will take place at Marketing magazine's Digital Agency of the Year LBi in their offices on Brick Lane. For more information or to book your place, visit www.eventsforce.net/FIW13.